Flood situation remains critical in Assam, Bihar

The flood situation in Assam and Bihar remain critical. In Assam, 30 of the 33 districts of the state are submerged in floodwater affecting 43 lakh people.

Four persons lost their lives in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 15. Ninety per cent of the Kaziranga national park has been submerged. 
The Chief Executive Officer of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority Aruna Rajoria said that the flood situation remains critical in the state.

Ms Rajoria said that nearly 1 lakh people are taking shelter at relief camps. Around 43 lakh people are affected in the devastating flood. New areas have been inundated due to a breach of embankments.

Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat took an aerial survey of the flood-hit areas in Upper Assam. He will also hold a review meeting in Guwahati.

Rescue and relief works are intensified by the administrations. Public Health Engineering Department has installed hand tube well at flood-hit areas to provide drinking water along with distributing water packets. The department also constructed temporary toilets and distributed chlorine tablets.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today informed the State Assembly that over 25 lakh people across 12 districts have been affected due to floods. Assuring people, the Chief Minister said, every effort would be made to provide assistance of the affected districts in the wake of floods in the state.

Mr Kumar said, he had taken an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas and the state machinery is working overtime to help people. He said teams from National Disaster Response Force have already been deployed.

The Chief Minister said appropriate compensation would be provided to those affected. He also said that incessant rainfall in Nepal has resulted in rivers in Bihar swelling and causing floods.

The Hindu

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