Northeast floods: Death toll mounts to 20; over 6 lakh people affected

20 June 2018, 08:01 PM
North-East floods: Death toll mounts to 31 in Assam; over 5 lakh people affected
North-East floods: Death toll mounts to 31 in Assam; over 5 lakh people affected

At least six more people lost their lives in flood-related incidents in Assam on Tuesday, taking the death toll to 31 in the northeastern states.

According to Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), the death toll in Assam reached 20 as four people died in worst-hit Karimganj district and two died in Cachar district.

Normal life took a hit in the North East region due to floods and an estimated 6 lakh people were affected in Nagaon, Hojai, Cachar, Karimganj, Hailakandi and Golaghat districts of Assam.

At present, 727 villages in the affected districts are under water and 3,890 hectares of crop areas have been damaged, according to ASDMA report.

So far, as many as 9,250 people have been evacuated by the state and national disaster response forces personnel from Karimganj, Hailakandi and Cachar districts.

Situation improving in Tripura and Manipur

While the situation in Assam remained grim, it improved in Tripura. Authorities have set up 61 relief camps in Kailashahar subdivision of Unakoti, the worst affected district, where 19,953 people were staying, an official said, according to PTI.

Many people have started leaving for their homes in Tripura after flood water receded in rivers Manu and Deo. Three people have lost their lives in the state so far.

In Manipur, the water level of major rivers continued a declining trend and normal life was gradually coming back as flood water was receding in most of the affected areas, officials said.

However, the officials said that several localities in the five districts of Imphal valley, mostly at Wabagai area of Thoubal district, were still under knee-deep water.

As many as 304 villages were affected by the flood that claimed eight lives in Manipur, according to the state Relief and Disaster Management department officials.

First Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 09:58 AM
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