Natural disasters hit Northeastern states as rain continues

Over 15 lakh hit in Assam

Guwahati: Over 15.18 lakh people have been affected by the current wave of flood that has inundated vast areas in 23 districts out of the total 32 districts of Assam even as many rain-fed rivers continued to flow above the danger mark all over the state.
As the flood situation has remained critical, Governor of the state Banwarilal Purohit on Tuesday visited flood affected Nagaon district and spent time with the flood hit people in the relief camps.
Brahmaputra and its tributaries have flooded parts of Nagaon district affecting more than 30 thousand people in five revenue circles prompting district administration to set up eight relief camps and nine distribution centres in the district. 
The Governor asked Deputy Commissioner to take care of the medical facilities of the camp inmates especially aged people, lactating mothers and babies. He also asked Police to ensure security of camp inmates.
Purohit visited Kaliabor revenue circle where flood water has inundated several revenue villages. He visited the relief camps at Silghat Balika LP School in Bihdubi No.1/2 village, Salona Bapuji High School, Amlokhi ME and High school, Kalapani village and talked to the camp inmates and assured all possible help from the administration to lessen their plight.
The main channel Brahmaputra River is flowing above the red mark in Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Sonitpur, Goalpara and Dhubri while many of the tributaries on the river including Burhidihing, Subansiri, Dikhow, Dhansiri, Jia Bharali, Puthimari, Beki, Sankosh were flowing above the danger level, according to the report of Assam State Disaster Management Authority.
The affected districts included Lakhimpur, Bongaigaon, Darrang, Jorhat, Golaghat, Cachar, Dhemaji, Biswanath, Karimganj, Sonitpur, Majuli, Barpeta, Nagaon, Nalbari, Sivasagar, Morigaon, Chirang, Dibrugarh, Dhubri, Kokrajhar, South Salmara, Charaideo, Goalpara. Total 2498 villages under 82 Revenue Circle have been inundated so far. Total crop area affected by the flood so far is 1,40,837.42 hectares.
Maximum number of 3.10 lakh people have been affected in the worst-hit Lakhimpur district followed by over 2.82 lakh in South Salmara and 1.94 lakh in Dhemaji. The government has set up total 93 flood relief distribution centres in the affected districts. About 49,000 flood-hit have taken shelter in 115 relief camps so far.
Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC) at Kaziranga Park, the jointly-run wildlife care facility of Assam Forest Department and International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) has attended nine hog deer rescue cases in the present flood crisis in Kaziranga National Park on Tuesday. Out of these three were released back to the wild while two seriously injured deer died during treatment and one is under care at CWRC. Three were found dead on arrival of the rescue team.

Landslide buries 14 in Arunachal
From Our Correspondent

Guwahati: At least 14 were feared buried alive by a massive landslide triggered by flash flood caused due to incessant rains in Papum Pare district of Arunachal Pradesh at round 3 P.M on Tuesday. Eight houses were wiped out by the landslide and inmates were buried alive, a district official said.
Chief Minister Pema Khandu has expressed deep shock and grief over the loss of 14 human lives and damages caused by a massive landslide at Laptap village under Toru Circle in Sagalee sub-division of Papum Pare district this afternoon. Khandu announced release of ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakhs each to the next of kin of the deceased
The CM immediately put the district administration on alert and ordered urgent rescue operation to evacuate probable survivors trapped inside the debris and damaged houses.
A thirty-five member NDRF team has already reached the spot and carrying out rescue operations along with volunteers and villagers of the area. Five dead bodies have been retrieved so far from the debris.
Khandu said Arunachal Pradesh had been at the receiving end of nature’s fury every year and the best people could do was to avoid vulnerable places and stop rampant hill cutting and deforestation.
Khandu directed the district administration to ensure that people residing in vulnerable areas are immediately shifted to safer locations and provided with all basic amenities at least till the monsoons recede.

Major rivers recede Manipur
Imphal: The water level of major rivers in the Imphal valley have receded below the danger level mark, a Flood control official said on Wednesday.
Though the water level of major rivers have receded below danger level mark but but incessant showers for almost a week have inundated many low lying areas in Imphal East, Imphal West, Thoubal and Bishenpur district, that official said.
The rains affected movement of vehicles in the state capital and in Tiddim Road and Imphal-Saikul road. Over 20,000 flood affected people of Lilong area in Thoubal district have taken shelter at temporary relief camps set up by the state government.
Necessary provisions particularly rice, lentils (Dal) and salt are also being provided by the government, free of cost to the people staying in temporary relief camps, said an official. (PTI)

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