No let-up in Assam floods; toll climbs to 44


GUWAHATI: There was no let-up in the flood situation in Assam with two more deaths reported from Nagaon district and a population close to 13 lakh affected by the deluge in as many as 24 districts.

One drowning death was reported from Kampur revenue circle while the other casualty was reported from Kaliabor revenue circle of the central Assam district, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) bulletin informed on Sunday evening.

The overall death toll in the first wave of floods has climbed to 44.

Increased rainfall activity over the past few days has worsened the flood situation in the state and going by the weather report of the Regional Meteorological Centre at Borjhar here on Sunday afternoon, there would be little respite in the coming days too with more showers of varying degrees predicted.

The Brahmaputra in six districts and several tributaries across the state continue to flow above danger level.

Several embankments have been breached by the swelling rivers as well, displacing many people from their homes in the rural areas.

Meanwhile, chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal directed the in-charge ministers to rush to their respective districts and expedite the relief and rescue operations with the district administration.

Taking stock of the flood situation in the state at a meeting here on Sunday, Sonowal asked the MPs and MLAs to stand by the flood-affected people and lend their hands in relief and rescue operations.

He also asked the deputy commissioners to take the help of NDRF and SDRF personnel for reaching out to the affected people.

Sonowal also took stock of the vast network of embankments of the state and asked the water resources department to repair the breached portions of the embankments on a war footing and save the people from a possible deluge of new areas.

He also asked the department to delegate its field level staff to maintain a close surveillance on the embankments and take remedial steps if they are breached.

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