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17 lakh people affected, 80 dead: Are you aware of the Northeast floods?

A total of 58 districts have been affected owing to floods and landslides across Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Manipur.

17 lakh people affected, 80 dead: Are you aware of the Northeast floods?

Floods continue to ravage Assam and other states in the Northeast, with the death toll jumping to 80 on Thursday.

A total of 58 districts have been affected owing to floods and landslides across Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Manipur, said Union minister Jitendra Singh.

Five people were victims of the flood in Assam on Thursday. Five more people had died on Wednesday wherein one death each was reported from Majuli, Dhemaji, Sivasagar, Golaghat and Nagaon districts, according to the government. Among the five people who lost their lives in the flood were two minors and a woman, the Times of India reported.

Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of State for Home, landed in Assam with his team on Thursday to visit Majuli and Dhemaji, which are among the worst-hit areas. He said he would evaluate the situation and submit a report to the Centre.

Singh said the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) and the Prime Minister's Office are closely coordinating with the Rijiju-led team.

How many people affected:

More than 17 lakh people across 24 districts in Brahmaputra and Barak valleys in Assam have been affected by the floods. The flood has also caused devastation in large parts of Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) along with the police have so far rescued 7,814 people, who were stranded in 16 districts, Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said. Till now 49 people have lost their lives in the flood by drowning or electrocution.

Around one lakh people have been displaced and they are currently staying in 231 relief camps. District authorities are supplying food, water, medicines and other essentials to them..

In Arunachal Pradesh, as many as 14 people died in a landslide caused by flash flood on Tuesday, owing to non-stop heavy rainfall for more than three days.

Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu has directed the state administration to rescue people living in vulnerable areas of Itanagar and asked people to take shelter in relief camps.

According to media reports, hundreds have been rescued in Manipur and vulnerable areas have been evacuated. The state was only just recovering from landslides and flash floods after Cyclone Mora hit it in May.

Two houses were reportedly washed away in Senapati district of Manipur on Tuesday.

Affected areas

ASSAM

The mighty Brahmaputra river and its side-streams have submerged around 2,500 villages while destroying 1.06 lakh hectares of crop-land in the state.

The flood has cause damage to infrastructure by eroding and overflowing on the embankments and blocking roads and bridges, causing landslides thereby disrupting surface communication, according to the state's disaster management authority.

Sonowal has flown to his constituency of Majuli, which is world’s largest river island inhabited by humans. Majuli is situated where the Brahmaputra river meets Subansiri river and has around 33,000 residents who have been affected by the floods.

According to reports, more than half of Kaziranga National Park, which is famous for its rhinoceroses, is inundated. At least eight hog deer have died in the flooding and animals including deer, elephants and the rhinos have been fleeing to higher ground.

The chief minister has also visited Kaziranga National Park to assess the gravity of the situation.

ARUNACHAL PRADESH

Flood and landslides triggered by torrential rain in last few days have completely cut off many district headquarters in the state from the rest of the country. The state capital Itanagar is cut off with its main connecting road - NH 415 - eroding at the entry point.

Government had predicted a flood situation in the state owing to River Siang and Kameng overflowing.

A report from Seppa, the headquarters of East Kameng district, said that surface communication has been wholly or partially snapped in the district with rivers Kameng, Bichom, Pappu, Pakke and their tributaries flowing above the danger mark.

MANIPUR

Incessant rains caused major rivers to overflow and displacing people living near the river banks.

On Wednesday, water levels increased in Manipur's main rivers Imphal, Iril and Thoubal within a short while after daylong heavy rain, the Hindustan Times reported.

Large parts of Manipur's agricultural field, especially that of paddy, have been affected by the recurrent calamities. Lower parts of the valley comprising—Imphal West, Imphal East, Bishnupur, Kakching and Thoubal—are submerged in water.

(With inputs from PTI)
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