Guwahati. The Chief Minister of the state Himanta Biswa Sarma has thanked Reliance Industries Limited Chairman Mukesh Ambani and his son Anant Ambani for financially helping Assam, which is facing the wrath of floods. Sarma said in a tweet, “Heartfelt gratitude to Mukesh Ambani and Anant Ambani for standing with the people of Assam in this critical time by donating Rs 25 crore to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.” He added, “We appreciate such actions. This will go a long way in supporting our flood relief measures.”
Meanwhile, officials said that the flood situation in Assam remained grim on Friday as well. 45.34 lakh people of the state have been affected by the floods. According to officials, the Brahmaputra and Barak rivers along with their tributaries are in spate. However, the flood waters have started receding in some areas. With the death of seven more people in the last 24 hours due to floods in the state, the total number of people who died in this disaster so far has increased to 108. Most of the areas of Silchar, considered to be the gateway to the Barak Valley of Assam, are submerged.
8 teams of NDRF were called from Itanagar and Bhubaneshwar
The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said that it has expedited the rescue and relief operations with additional resources in the severely affected districts and especially in Cachar district, where Silchar is located. According to officials, eight teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been brought in from Itanagar and Bhubaneswar, totaling 207 personnel, for relief and rescue operations. While a 120-member army team has been sent from Dimapur with nine boats to Silchar for the rescue operation. Apart from this, two teams of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) have been sent to Cachar by plane.
Almost the entire city of Silchar was submerged in flood waters.
The state government has started helpline numbers- 0361-2237219, 9401044617 and 1079 for status information in the district. According to officials, nearly three lakh people are facing acute shortage of food, clean drinking water and medicines, as almost the entire Silchar city is submerged in flood waters. He said that food packets, water bottles and other essential items are being dropped by Air Force helicopters in the affected areas. Three districts of the valley – Cachar, Hailakandi and Karimganj – have been badly affected by the rising water level of Barak and Kushiyara rivers. The most affected district due to floods is Barpeta where 10,32,561 people have been affected, followed by Kamrup district with 4,29,166 people.
Over 2.80 lakh people took shelter in relief camps
The floods caused by incessant heavy rains have affected 103 revenue circles and 4,536 villages. A total of 2,84,875 people have taken shelter in 759 relief camps across the state. The floods also damaged 173 roads and 20 bridges, while two embankments each broke in Baksa and Darang districts. A crop area of 10,0869.7 hectares has been submerged in water due to the floods. Large scale land erosion has been reported in Baksa, Barpeta, Vishwanath, Bongaigaon, Chirang and Dhubri districts.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : June 24, 2022, 21:18 IST