Silchar assam floods

Silchar, June 24: Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Thursday the IAF will be transporting drinking water bottles from Guwahati to Silchar town, which is reeling under floods, even as the state reported seven more flood deaths, pushing up the toll to 107.

Sarma said, “Every day, one lakh bottles of drinking water will be carried by special IAF craft to Silchar.” Thousands of people of Silchar town are stranded and have been without water and electricity for the last few days.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the Central Government is continuously monitoring the flood situation in Assam and is working closely with the State Government to provide all possible assistance to overcome this challenge.

In a series of tweets, PM Modi said that “Over the last few days, parts of Assam have witnessed flooding due to heavy rainfall. The Central Government is continuously monitoring the situation in Assam and is working closely with the State Government to provide all possible assistance to overcome this challenge. Army and NDRF teams are present in the flood-affected areas. They are conducting evacuation operations and assisting those who are affected. The Air Force has conducted over 250 sorties as a part of the evacuation process. CM @himantabiswa, Ministers of the Assam Government, and officials are working round the clock in the districts and helping those who have suffered. I pray for the safety and wellbeing of all those in affected areas and once again assure all possible support.”

To reply to this Assam CM wrote, “We’re immensely grateful for your continued concerns over the situation caused by floods, Sir. Your words are quite reassuring. Assam Government, with the support of Central agencies, is working overtime. Grateful for all help from the Central Government.”

Even though the rainfall has decreased considerably, the situation has not changed much. As per the Assam State Disaster Management Authority, over 45 lakh people continue to remain affected, of which nearly three lakh are in relief camps. As of Thursday, 30 districts were affected.

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The flood situation in Assam’s Karimganj district has deteriorated after waters from the Kushiyara, Longai, and Singla rivers inundated more areas of the district affecting more than 1.34 lakh people of the district.

The floodwaters have submerged several main roads of the district. 82 people have died in floods and landslides in the state this year so far in Assam. More than 12.30 lakh people have been affected in lower Assam’s Barpeta district alone, followed by 4.69 lakh in Darrang, 4.40 lakh in Nagaon, 3.38 lakh in Bajali, 2.91 lakh in Dhubri, 2.82 lakh in Kamrup, 2.80 lakh in Goalpara, 2.07 lakh in Cachar, 1.84 lakh in Nalbari, 1.51 lakh in South Salmara, 1.46 lakh in Bongaigaon, and 1.34 lakh in Karimganj district.

The Assam Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) also reported that seven people have gone missing amidst the natural calamity whereas 2,31,819 people took shelter in the 810 relief camps in the state.

A total of 1,13,485.37 hectares of land have been affected due to the calamity, whereas the ASDMA in its report further stated that at least 11,292 people have been evacuated from the affected areas.