91 killed, 9.6 million people affected by floods in eastern India

Nick Sanchez
August 18, 2017

Due to severe floods in Assam, West Bengal and Bihar, the northeastern region has been cut off by rail from the rest of India for about a week, officials said on Thursday. A few states, like Arunachal Pradesh, also witnessed landslides resulting in deaths of several people. With these deaths, 123 people have died so far in the floods in Assam. "More than 340 relief camps have been set up in the affected areas, where thousands of people are taking shelter".

Floods in Assam have killed 95 people and left millions displaced.

The deluge has hit 12 districts and flood situation continues to be grim.

On Tuesday, Chief Minister Nitish expressed concern over the situation and said the flood was caused by incessant rains in Nepal.

Altogether 22 teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) with 100 boats and 15 teams of State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) with 82 boats are providing succour to the marooned people.

He also informed that a Rs 237-crore road-cum-embankment project would soon be started in the southern bank of Majuli which would help check flood-induced damages in the river island.

The Brahampautra and its tributaries - Dhansiri, Jia Bhoroli, Kopili, Beki and Kushiyara are still flowing above danger mark at different places of the State.

The ASDMA said that most of the forest areas in the Kaziranga National Park, Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary and Lawkhua Wildlife Sanctuary were submerged under the flood waters. "With the support of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, we will able to give the best support to the affected people throughout the state", he told ANI here.

Fifty "ambulatory vans" are working in flood-hit areas to attend to sick animals and 196 veterinary doctors have been deputed, Animal Husbandry Principal Secretary Vijaylakshmi said.

An East Central Railways statement said that 39 trains have been cancelled as water overtopped tracks.

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