• Wed. Jul 24th, 2024

Assam Battles Floods: Emergency Measures and Relief Efforts Intensify

Photo Credit: Indian Army

Due to continuous rain over the past few days in Northeast India, a flood situation has arisen as the mighty Brahmaputra River and its tributaries flow above the danger mark, causing widespread devastation and adversely impacting the lives of people.

The floods have severely affected the region, with over 21,13,204 of people impacted across 29 districts of Assam.

The most severely impacted districts include Dhubri, where 6,48,806 people are affected, Darrang with 1,90,261 people, and Cachar with 1,45,926 people affect.

The Brahmaputra, Digaru, and Kollong rivers continue to flow above the danger mark, submerging extensive land areas.

The State Disaster Management Authority is at the forefront of coordinating relief efforts.

Kaziranga National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has not been spared. The floods have led to the submergence of large parts of the park, resulting in the deaths of various animals and the rescue of others.

Government officials have been inspecting waterlogged areas in several regions. During an inspection of waterlogged areas in Dibrugarh, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma noted that power had been shut off in inundated regions to ensure public safety.

“The flood situation has improved and water has receded, but it continues in places where there has been a breach of the embankment. The power supply has been cut for the safety of the people,” Sarma stated, highlighting the ongoing challenges despite the improvements.

In addition to Chief Minister Sarma, Governor Gulab Chand Kataria and Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal have visited the flood-affected districts to assess the situation. State ministers have been stationed in various districts for the next three days to ensure close monitoring and swift response to any emergent needs.

As Assam continues to grapple with the flood crisis, the combined efforts of State and National agencies are crucial in mitigating the impact on human and wildlife.

Photo Credit: Indian Army

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