Home Minister Amit Shah takes stock of Assam flood situation

Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday took stock of the situation in Brahmaputra river and landslides near Guwahati. The Home Minister spoke to Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and senior Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. He assured them of all possible help to the state. Amit Shah said the government at centre stands firmly with the people of Assam.

Sonowal informed Shah that the State government had been taken all measures to manage the flood situation and said that district administrations have been directed to speed up relief operations while observing COVID-19 protocols.

Meanwhile, the second wave of flood has affected more the nine lakh people and claimed the lives of two more persons in the State in the past 24 hours. The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) on Sunday said that the fatalities have been reported from Dhemaji and Udalguri districts.

According to the ASDMA, altogether 23 districts – Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Udalguri, Darrang, Nalbari, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South Salamara, Goalpara, Kamrup, Morigaon, Hojai, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia and West Karbi Anglong – were reeling under flood affecting 9,26,059 people. Among them, 27,308 are taking shelter in 193 relief camps.

A total of 1,35,415 people have been affected in 395 villages of Barpeta district. Across the State, the flood has affected 2,071 villages and submerged 68,806.73 hectares of cropland.

Floodwater also affected 5,86,407 big animals, 3,08,866 small animals and 6,32,559 poultry.

Following incessant rainfall in many parts of the State, the Brahmaputra in Jorhat, Sonitpur, Kamrup (Metro), Goalpara and Dhubri, the Burhidehing in Dibrugarh, the Dhansiri in Golaghat, the Jia Bharali in Sonitpur, the Kopili in Nagaon, the Puthimari in Kamrup, the Pagladiya in Nalbari, the Manas and Beki in Barpeta and the Sonkosh in Dhubri were flowing above the danger level.