Flood situation still grim in Assam, almost 4 lakh people affected


Almost 4 lakh people have been affected at 15 districts in the state.

With the flood situation worsening across the state, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Friday asked eight of his Cabinet colleagues to visit the flood affected areas immediately and take stock of the situation.

There will be no respite from heavy rains over the next few days. "To help people, we are offering 50 minutes free talk time to all our customers in the affected areas in the region", Vodafone India Business Head (Assam & Northeast) Nidhi Lauria said.

A woman with her child, in a utensil, moves to a safer place from the flood affected Khanamukh village in Morigoan, Assam.

In Assam, the flood situation remains critical as new areas are submerged due to which almost four lakh people have been affected across 13 districts of the state. The mighty Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger mark at Nematighat, Tezpur, Guwahati and Dhubri. Nearby, several districts in Arunachal Pradesh state were unreachable due to flooding and landslides. 41 thousand people are taking shelter at 128 relief camps being operated by district administrations. Many are living with their relatives or on higher ground.

On Tuesday, the authority said it evacuated 400 students after their school was flooded in western Nalbari district, 90 kilometers (55 miles) west of Gauhati, the state capital.

A boy dries clothes outside his house, partially submerged in flood waters at Burgaon, Assam. The Assam state disaster said, "Flood waters have also damaged infrastructures such as bridges in Barpeta, Cachar, Karimganj, Golaghat and Nalbari districts along many roads and embankments".