Assam flood situation remains grim; 10 more dead

91 killed, 9.6 million people affected by floods in eastern India
Floods wreak havoc in India; over 200 dead

18 August, 2017

The third wave of devastating flood has so far claimed the lives of 39 people across the state, taking the total number of persons losing their lives in this year's flood related incidents in Assam to 123.

Arunachal Pradesh is facing massive landslide due to heavy rain Parts of Anjaw, East Siang, Namsai, Papum Pare, East Kameng and West Siang districts were affected.

While Bihar accounted for at least 56 deaths, at least 28 people died in Assam and the toll in West Bengal stood at seven with the rain-fed swelling rivers wreaking havoc. Chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Tuesday visited flood-affected areas in South Salmara-Mankachar district and took stock of the damage. Heavy rainfall and floods have led to the death of 102 people till August 14.

He added that the situation is grim in north Bihar, where rivers are flowing above the danger level and have caused enormous loss and damage.

"Around 12 districts are reeling under the impact of flood", an official said.

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Discharge of water from the Gajoldoba barrage into the Teesta river had flooded new areas under Mal block and worsened the situation at places such as Milan Palli, Basusuba and Champadanga, they added. Previously on 16 August, the Deputy Chief minister Sushil Modi said that the National Disaster Response Force and the Army is active on war footing to combat the natural calamity which the state is facing. The floods have affected 25 of Assam's 32 districts, displacing 33 lakh people.

Lakhs of people in Cooch Behar and Uttar Dinajpur have taken shelter in relief camps.

In Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday conducted an aerial survey of the flood affected regions. But those floods didn't stop Assam from celebrating Independence Day beside having Knee High water in their schools and on Public roads.

Dhubri is the worst affected with 8.13 lakh people hit. Four thousand people were evacuated to safer places yesterday. A total of 622 relief camps were set up with government aid, while almost 800 of such camps were set up by various NGOs, he added.

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