The floods in Assam have led at least 20 districts to be badly affected and among them, the Hasao district has been completely cut off due to landslides and a breakdown of the communication channels.
Guwahati: At least eight persons have died and over four lakh got displaced after heavy rains wreaked a havoc in Assam since Tuesday. While around 20 districts have gone under water, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert and predicted more rains over the next three days. Around 40,000 people have been shifted to 89 relief camps that has been set up across the state.
A bulletin said the Dima Hasao district has been completely cut off due to landslides and a breakdown of communication channels, adding that all roads and railways leading to Haflong have been blocked since May 15.
According to reports, while the Army, National Disaster Response Force and State Disaster Response Force have been pressed into rescue operations, the Assam government has asked the Indian Air Force to airdrop essential food items in Dima Hasao district.
Meanwhile, like every year, there were concerns over the Kaziranga National Park and it’s rhinoceros population. However, talking to the media, Assam Forest minister Parimal Suklabaidya said, “Every year Kaziranga National Park faces floods. We are completely prepared, including food materials for the officials who are on duty in the park. Our boats are ready too. Work is on at 40 islands made for animals to take shelter.”
Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said, “Concerned about the situation in the wake of heavy rainfall in parts of Assam. Spoke to Chief Minister Himanta Biswa to take stock of the situation. NDRF teams are already been deployed. Assured all possible help from the central government.”