Six feared dead in Assam floods


The flood situation in Assam seems to be worsening after six people were reported to be killed in the past 24 hours.

Dibrugarh’s deputy commissioner M S Manivannan said, “a mother and her child in were drowned in floodwater in Lekhai. Another body was found floating in Rohmaria. Two persons were drowned in Dhemaji revenue circle in Dhemaji district and one person was washed away in Sonai revenue circle of Cachar district.”

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The number of affected people rose to 4.64 lakhs in 14 districts of Assam. Over one lakh hectares of cropland have been destroyed by the heavy rainfall.

The water level in Kaziranga National Park, a World Heritage Site around 250 km from Guwahati, is rising.

“As of Monday, 70% of Kaziranga is under water,” Kaziranga divisional forest officer S K Seal Sarma said.

Last week, the state chief minister Tarun Gogoi, had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking an assistance of Rs 500 crore to deal with the flood crisis.

He had said, “I am given to understand that the sanctioned amount for Rs 387 crore under NDRF is to be adjusted against the unspentbalance of State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF), which will be a grave injustice because the unspent balance of SDRF is committed against projects already sanctioned and we, in fact, need more funds to meet the committed liabilities.”