The flood situation in Assam remained dire on Friday, with four more people killed in the deluge. While two people died in Cachar district, Lakhimpur and Nagaon witnessed one death each.
The death toll in the current pre-monsoon floods and landslides in Assam has risen to 14, with nearly 7,12 thousand people affected in 29 of the state’s 34 counties.
On the other hand, a total of 80036.90 hectares of crops were affected in 2,251 villages across 29 affected districts. More than 74,705 people took shelter in 234 relief camps. Affected districts are Barpeta, Biswanath, Bongaigaon, Cachar, Charaideo, Darrang, Dhemaji, Dhubri, Dibrugarh, Dima Hasao, Goalpara, Golaghat, Hailakandi, Hojai, Jorhat, Kamrup, Kamrup Metropolitan, Karbi Anglong West, Karimganj, Lak Kokraj Majuli, Morigaon, Nagaon, Nalbari, Sonitpur, South Salmar, Tinsukia and Udalguri.
A total of 269 stranded people were rescued while 24 tons of food were transported to the hardest hit Dima Hasao district in the past two days with the help of the Indian Air Force. The state government has allocated an extra Rs 2 crore each to Cachar and Dima Hasao districts for gratuitous relief for the affected people.
Unicef deployed seven groups of technical experts and consultants to assist the disaster management agencies of Cachar, Hojai, Darrang, Biswanath, Nagaon, Morigaon and Dima Hasao to oversee flood relief operations. . The Assam Disaster Management Authority is also contemplating increasing disaster response teams from neighboring states to further strengthen the response should the situation become more severe.
A team of experts from ISRO is conducting a rapid damage assessment in Dima Hasao using drones and satellite data to inform the need for a post-disaster assessment. Steps to restore the broken communication system are being taken to establish contact with remote areas in the hill district.
The Kopili River is flowing above the highest flood water levels in Kampur, Kopili, Disang and the Brahmaputra River is flowing above the dangerous level at Dharamtul, Nanglamuraghat and Neamatighat respectively.