Assam has been facing a very difficult stage as a monsoon flood has overflowed at least 17 districts in the north-east state and has affected over four lakh people, said officials. Brahmaputra river, one of the largest rivers in the world and five other rivers in Assam are flowing above the danger mark.
As the weather forecast has warned more rainfall this weekend, ferry services all over Assam have been stopped. Due to the heavy rainfall, starting from Tuesday, two school children in neighboring Arunachal Pradesh died after they got buried in a landslide in Tawang. The number of death later raised up to six.
The most affected area are, Bongaigaon and Barpeta in Lower Assam, Dhemaji and Lakhimpur in the tea-rich Upper Assam. Officials have also warned that floodwaters from the higher areas will flow towards the valleys, worsening the situation in Lower Assam areas.
The areas in the foothills of Bhutan have also given flood warning. According to the sources, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority said Barpeta is the worst-affected among the 17 districts where over 85,000 people seeking shelter.
Officials also added that floodwaters have entered Kaziranga National Park in Upper Assam. The situation has forced the animals to take shelter on platforms constructed for their safety during flood. To analyze the situation, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal spoke with the deputy commissioners of the affected districts through video conference, on Thursday. The CM directed the deputy commissioners to set up a control room available for round-the-clock for the help of the people during emergency.
Besides the flood, Assam is also struggling with increasing cases of encephalitis and the state government has dismissed the leaves of all health department employees till the end of September to manage the situation. Nine districts in Assam are worst affected in encephalitis. Over 700 people have died due to the outbreak since 2013.