Situation remains grim in flood-hit Assam, Bihar, West Bengal, Meghalaya

The devastating flood waters have washed away thousands of thatched huts and tin-roofed homes, and damaged buildings, schools, roads, bridges and standing crops worth crores of rupees.

Teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed in search and rescue operations in Kokrajhar, Biswanath, Dhubri, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Barpeta and Chirang districts.

The Brahmaputra is flowing above danger level at Neamatighat, Tezpur, Guwahati, Goalpara and Dhubri. The recent toll is apart from the 84 persons who died in the first wave of floods that hit the state between April to June.

The State Chief Secretary held a video conference with deputy commissioners of the affected districts this evening to review the flood situation.

Araria district accounted for 23 deaths, followed by Sitamarhi (12), Kisanganj, East Champaran, West Champaran and Supual (11 each), Madhubani and Katihar (7 each), Madhepura and Purnea (5 each), Darbhanga and Saharsa (4 each), Gopalganj and Khagaria (3 each) and Sheohar (2), he said.

In Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday conducted an aerial survey of the flood affected regions.

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said the government has accorded top priority to the relief material distribution and the district administrations have been pressed into service to meet the requirements.

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The Army's flood relief columns are involved in relief and rescue operations in Purabheti and Jaklabandha. This year, the flood in Assam is being said to be the worst in the past 13 years. Meanwhile, flood situation at Kaziranga national park has slightly improved as water level receded.

Flood situation in these states is worsening as rivers flowing through the regions are still out-breaking.

He added that the situation is grim in north Bihar, where rivers are flowing above the danger level and have caused enormous loss and damage. Due to excessive rains in the state, at least 73 lakh people from 14 districts have been affected and have become homeless.

"In the eastern state of Bihar, the floods have killed 56 people since Sunday and affected almost seven million, " State Disaster Management Official, Pratyay Amrit, said.

Sonowal on Tuesday visited flood affected South Salmara-Mankachar district and took stock of the damages.

"Around 12 districts are reeling under the impact of flood", an official said.

  • Megan Austin