Guwahati, August 11: The northeastern state of Assam is once again hit by fresh wave of floods on Thursday. After a few days of some relief, heavy rains battered the state leading to the deluge in five more districts of Assam.
As per reports, a total of eight districts in the state are currently under floodwaters. According to the daily bulletin released by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), Dhemaji, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Chirang and Kokrajhar districts were affected by floods in the past 24 hours.
However, Lakhimpur, Golaghat, Charaideo and Sonitpur districts were already inundated by rains on Wednesday. Thankfully, the situation in Sonitpur district improved on Thursday. Thus currently, eight districts are fighting flood havoc.
Officials of the ASDMA added that the situation might turn worse as the Brahmaputra and its tributaries were flowing above the danger level at several places. The reason behind the rise in the water-level in the Brahmaputra and its tributaries is due to the heavy rains experienced in neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Bhutan.
Around 65,000 people in eight districts of Assam have been affected by the latest round of floods. A total of 2,231 hectares of cropland have been affected by the fresh wave of floods in the state, the bulletin said.
The state government has opened 15 relief camps in Lakhimpur, Chirang, Kokrajhar and Golaghat districts to help those whose homes have been either damaged or washed away in floods. More than 1,222 people are taking shelter in these relief camps.
Assam is reeling under floods since June. From June to July, a total of 84 people lost their lives due to floods. More than 25 lakh people in 29 districts of the state had already been affected by the floods.
Recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Guwahati, Assam, to take stock of the flood situation. Modi met chief ministers of several northeastern states where floods and landslides created havoc.
He also announced a package of Rs 2,000 crore for the flood and landslide-affected states of the region.