Assam floods : 10 killed, Million displaced

Kamrup Assam's flood affected Hajo
Kamrup: People take refuge from flood water on a highland at Hajo in Assam’s Kamrup district on July 13, 2019. (Photo: IANS)

New Delhi,July 14: Heavy monsoon rains in Assam displaced more than a million people from their homes and flash floods killed at least 10 in the past 72 hours, state authorities said on Saturday, warning the situation could worsen in coming days.

The Brahmaputra river, which flows from the Himalayas into India and then through Bangladesh, has burst its banks, swamping more than 1,800 villages in the state.

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal called Union Home Minister Amit Shah and briefed him about the latest flood situation in the state.Shah has assured all help from the Centre to the north eastern state and asked the Assam government to ensure all-out efforts to provide relief to the flood-affected.

10 people have died in separate incidents of drowning in the past three days and more than one million people (have been) affected, with the flood situation turning grave,” a state government flood bulletin said.

Torrential rains have affected at least 25 of Assam’s 32 districts and over 14.06 lakh persons have been affected by the floods in Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Sonitpur, Darrang, Baksa, Barpeta, Nalbari, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, Goalpara, Kamrup, Morigaon, Hojai, Nagaon, Golaghat, Majuli, Jorhat, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Cacha and West Karbi Anglong districts, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority said.

The Barak at AP Ghat in Cachar and Badarpurghat in Karimganj are flowing above the danger mark and the federal water resources body said water levels in the Brahmaputra were expected to rise, with more rains forecast over the next three days.

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