Guwahati, July 13, 2019:
At least six persons have been killed and over eight lakh have been affected due to the floods in Assam.
Three people — two in Golaghat and one in Haflong — were killed in a landslide, taking the death tally to six.
More than 7,000 people have been evacuated to 68 relief centres across the state, and over 27,000 hectares of farmland is also under flood waters.
The Assam State Disaster Management Authority that Barpeta is the worst-affected with over 85,000 people seeking shelter.
The Brahmaputra river, one of the largest rivers in the world that cuts through Assam’s biggest city Guwahati, and five other rivers are flowing above the danger mark, officials said.
It is to be mentioned that flood waters have forced the railway authority to control train services due to “settlement of tracks” in the Lumding-Badarpur hill section, Northeast Frontier Railway sources said.
According to Assam State Disaster Management Authority(ASDMA), the affected districts are: Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Nalbari, Chirang, Golaghat, Majuli, Jorhat, Dibrugarh, Nagaon, Morigaon, Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon, Baksa, Sonitpur, Darrang and Barpeta.
Meanwhile, the IMD has forecast more rains in next 24 hours.
The problem is flooding in Assam is an age-old issue that has been raised in the Parliament, but the central Government is yet to declare it as a “national issue”.
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