Guwahati: Assam’s flood situation worsened with a constant heavy shower for last couple fo days. While 50 people have died in flood-related incidents, over 21 lakh people remain affected on Monday.
A severe flood warning has been issued in Assam and neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh after water levels of the Brahmaputra River crossed the danger mark.
As per the India Meteorological Department (IMD), heavy downpour is likely till July 16.
The Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger level at multiple locations in Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Dhubri, Goalpara, Jorhat, Lakhimpur, Nagaon, Kamrup, Barpeta, Hailakandi, Karimganj and Sonitpur districts.
At least 27 districts have been affected so far. In Arunachal Pradesh, low-lying areas of Pasighat and Namsai are under water too.
Over 95 per cent of the Kaziranga National Park is also flooded. Some 48 animals have been killed in flood incidents too so far.
As per the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), till Monday evening, at least 21.63 lakh have been remained flood-hit while 60, 696 others were taking shelter in 480 relief camps.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal too visited some of the relief camps on Monday and said, “Our government is ensuring uninterrupted supply food grains, drinking water and medical facilities for people residing in flood relief camps across Assam.”
Around 20,000 people were rescued by the disaster response forces in the state so far.
Embankments, roads, bridges, culverts and other infrastructure have been damaged in heavy rain and landslides across the state.