Army on standby as more than 4 lakh hit by floods in Assam

 20 Aug 2014 - 0:00

Villagers transport their motorcycles in a boat through the flooded areas of Morigaon district in Assam yesterday.


Guwahati: A man and a child were killed even as over four lakh people continued to reel under floods caused by surging waters of the Brahmaputra and its tributaries in Assam, an official said yesterday.
While one person was killed due to floods in Golaghat district, a child was washed away in Lakhimpur district, an Assam State Disaster Management Authority official said. He added that as of yesterday, 899 villages under 42 revenue circles in Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Dhemaji, Jorhat, Lakhimpur, Sonitpur, Sivsagar, Morigaon, Dibrugarh, Kamrup, Karbi Anglong, Dhubri, Golaghat, Nagaon and Nalbari districts are under flood waters.
Over 80,000 people are living in 87 relief camps set up by the district administration concerned, the official said, adding that crops over 33,000 hectares had been damaged.  The flood situation remained grim in Morigaon district where the district administration has to make accommodation for over 70,000 affected people.
The state government has kept army on standby mode to help in rescue operations.  The flood waters have also entered Assam’s Kaziranga national park and submerged over 80 percent of the area. Authorities said the water level in the park is, however, showing a receding trend. They added a deer, a buffalo calf and an elephant calf have so far died due to floods in the park.
According to the Inland Water Department (IWT), the Brahmaputra river is flowing above the danger level at Jorhat, Tezpur, Goalpara and Dhubri.

UP toll rises to 49
The deaths in the Uttar Pradesh floods have risem to 49, officials said. The situation in Uttar Pradesh continued to be grim as rivers flooded more villages, the officials said. Revenue officials said that 49 people have died, including 22 in Bahraich, 10 in Shravasti, two in Balrampur, 11 in Lakhimpur Kheri, and four in Sitapur district.
Many rivers are in spate owing to heavy rains in Uttarakhand and water released from neighbouring Nepal. Officials said about 68,000 people have been affected in 69 villages of Bhinga tehsil and 48 villages in Shravasti district. At least 43,301 people have been affected in 30 villages of Gonda district due to sudden rise in water level of rivers.
Ganga and Sailani rivers were above the danger mark in Muzaffarnagar due to heavy rains in Uttarakhand recently, which affected villages of Khadar region.

Bihar seeks help
Having failed to clear the water-logging that has hit normal life in Patna for the past seven days, the Bihar government sought the help of the Indian Army to drain out the flood water, an official said. Water-logging has forced most of the elderly people and children to remain confined to their homes.