28 Jun 2022

Assam Floods: Over 21 Lakh People Affected, Silchar-Hit Extreme

Eight other people lost their lives in the floods in Assam on Monday, and more than 21 people remain worried about the floods, officials said.
The death toll from this year's floods has risen to 134 as eight people were reported dead during the day, including five from Cachar District and one from Kamrup Metro, Morigaon and Nagaon, they said.

One person was also reported missing in the Cachar region, according to a report by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA).

However, there has been some improvement in the flood situation, where the number of people affected dropped to 21.52 lakh in 22 districts compared to the previous day of 22.21 lakh in 28 districts.

Most of the rivers have shown a decline, although Copili in Nagaon, Barak in Cachar and Karimganj and Kushiara in Karimganj are flowing beyond the level of danger, officials said.

In the city of Silchar, which has been submerged for more than a week, efforts are under way to provide assistance to areas where authorities have not yet reached, by dropping food parcels, bottles of drinking water and other essentials on Indian Air Force helicopters.

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are also busy refining the flood map of Silchar city to determine the extent of the damage, as well as assist in taking steps to reduce future losses, said Cachar Deputy Commissioner Keerthi Jalli.

The Regional Disaster Management Council (DDMA), UNICEF and OXFAM have set up boat water treatment plants to cater for the needy within Silchar and its environs, he added.

On Monday Transport Minister Parimal Suklabaidya visited development sites in Borjalenga and Narsinghpur in his Dholai region to assess the delivery of flood relief services.

The ASDMA report said 2,254 villages under 61 revenue circles were still affected by the current floods across the country, with 1,91,194 people housed in 538 relief camps.

Floodwaters damaged 79 roads and five bridges, as six boulders were broken, he said.

The 74,655.89 hectare plant area is still flooded, and 2,774 animals have so far been flooded, he added.

Meanwhile, Bollywood star Aamir Khan on Monday donated Rs 25 lakh to the Prime Minister's Aid Fund as aid for flood victims.

"Famous Bollywood actor Aamir Khan has extended a helping hand to the flood victims of our region by making a huge donation of ₹ 25 lakh to the CM Relief Fund. I sincerely thank him for his care and generosity," Prime Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma -tweet.

Over the past few days, a few prominent individuals and organizations have donated to the CM's Relief Fund after a devastating flood.

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