110 Dead, Over 7 Million Affected In Assam Floods & Landslides
Assam, the northeastern state, has been facing floods for almost a month now. After five new deaths in the last 24 hours, the number of people killed in floods and landslides in the state has reached 110.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that on the one hand the people of Assam are facing coronavirus and on the other, they have to face the challenges of floods. Sonowal also said that the number of flood-affected people in the state has reached over 70 lakhs. Along with humans, animals are also being rescued and taken to relief camps and safe areas.
Over 70 lakh people have been affected due to #AssamFloods. People as well as animals are being rescued from the affected areas and being shifted to relief camps and safer locations: Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal https://t.co/q6w2dDCjgb— ANI (@ANI) July 20, 2020
The northeastern state’s major river the Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger mark in several areas. Meanwhile, the water level of the second major river Barak is also increasing. According to the officials of the Central Water Commission, at present, the situation is under control but due to rain, there may be a risk of flood in the area.
Cachar: Water level of Barak river flowing through Silchar is increasing. Central Water Commission official says,"Situation is under control, however, further rain can cause flood-like situation in the area. Currently, water is below danger level" #Assam pic.twitter.com/rZiPG9oUUF— ANI (@ANI) July 19, 2020
On the rising challenge of floods in Assam, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoken to Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and assured of every possible help. To save Assam from the disaster of floods, a committee has also been constituted under the Deputy Chairman of NITI Aayog.
Hon'ble PM Shri @narendramodi ji took stock of the contemporary situation regarding #AssamFloods2020, #COVID19 and Baghjan Oil Well fire scenario over phone this morning.— Sarbananda Sonowal (@sarbanandsonwal) July 19, 2020
Expressing his concern & solidarity with the people, the PM assured all support to the state.
Our Govt is providing all necessary relief measures to the flood affected people.— Sarbananda Sonowal (@sarbanandsonwal) July 19, 2020
My sincere gratitude to Hon'ble PM Shri @narendramodi Ji for constituting a high level committee under vice chairman @NITIAayog to find lasting solutions of flood and erosion problems. pic.twitter.com/DWpkcL8IyO
Home Ministry statistics show that last year, 2.5 million people were affected by floods across the country, but this time the number of affected in Assam alone has crossed 7 million. Due to this flood, human life, houses, livestock, agriculture, and infrastructure have been severely damaged. At present, flood water has penetrated 30 of the total 33 districts of Assam and about 5,000 villages are in the grip of the natural disaster.
At the same time, the Meteorological Department estimates that due to an increase in the active monsoon in the northern and northeastern parts of the country, the problem may increase further. According to the Meteorological Department, flood situation may worsen in Assam and other northeastern states due to heavy rains.