Guwahati, June 18: Death toll in Assam floods has risen to 14, including three lives which were lost to landslides. The state has been reeling under severe flood situation. A total of four lakh people in six districts had been affected till Sunday. The flood in Hailakandi district has affected 58,208 people, according to an official release by the District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA).Also Read - Assam Girl in Shorts Forced to Wrap Curtain Over Legs to Write Entrance Exam, Calls It 'Most Humiliating Experience'
The release read that the first wave of flood has affected crops spread over 740 hectares. Around 51 relief camps have been set up by the district administration and are housing 23,689 people affected by floods. State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed in the affected areas. Altogether eight boats have been pressed into service for rescue and relief operations. Around 11 roads have been submerged with several culverts washed away across the district. Also Read - Uttar Pradesh Rains: State Announces Closure of Schools, Colleges on Friday, Saturday | Details Here
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A total of 668 villages in Hojai, Cachar, Golaghat, Hailakandi, Karimganj, Karbi Anglong(East) and West Karbi Anglong districts have been displaced, said IANS. “The flood waters have fully damaged 325 houses besides state and National Highways at different places,” an ASDMA official said, adding that rainfall had also triggered landslides at Mahur, Harangajao, Maibang and Dima Hasao.
The landslides in Dima Hasao and on the Lumding-Badarpur hill section have also snapped train services to Assam’s Barak Valley, Mizoram and Tripura. A couple of months ago, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal had discussed finding a permanent solution to the perennial flood problem in the state with NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar, an official release said. “Drawing the attention of the NITI Aayog to the perennial problems of flood and erosion in the state, the chief minister stressed upon the need to find a permanent solution,” it said. Sonowal had suggested setting up a multi-nation mechanism and allocation of funds to build road-cum-embankments in different parts of the state.