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Torrential rain in NE states leaves 7 dead, thousands homeless

Press Trust of India  |  Agartala/Imphal/Guwahati 

Torrential rains in the past 48 hours have wreaked havoc in the north-eastern states, claiming seven lives in Assam, and Manipur, disrupting and rendering thousands of people homeless across the region.

In Tripura, the has sought assistance of the and the NDRF for evacuation and rescue operations in marooned areas.

Biplab Kumar Deb, who visited the flood-hit areas of district yesterday, briefed about the "critical situation" in the state this morning, a senior of the said.

At least two villagers were swept away by strong river currents in yesterday, while over 14,000 lost their homes as the downpour submerged parts of the state, an of (SEOC) said.

The state has announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh for the next of kin of those killed in the floods.

Altogether, 25,805 people have taken shelter in 189 relief camps due to floods following incessant rainfall on June 12 and 13, said an of (SEOC) adding that final report is yet to be compiled.

The overall flood situation in has improved as water level has started receding but the condition is still grim in Kailashahar subdivision of district.

Five columns of Rifles have been pressed into service along with NDRF to evacuate marooned people in Kailashahar subdivision, said an official of district administration.

The situation in worsened today with three persons losing their lives and nearly 1.7 lakh people affected across seven districts.

According to State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), two persons died in a landslide in Mahur under Halflong revenue circle in district and another person died in a flood related incident at Bokakhat revenue circle in district, it added.

ASDMA said 1.67 lakh people have been affected at Hojai, Karbi Anglong East, Karbi Anglong West, Golaghat, Karimganj, Hailakandi and Cachar districts in the state's first wave of flood this year.

Till yesterday, 1.49 lakh people were hit by floods across six districts in Assam.

As per the report issued today, Karimganj is the worst hit with over 77,000 affected, followed by Hailakandi with more than 58,000 people affected in the deluge.

Currently, 370 villages are under water and 1,376 hectares of crop areas have been damaged, ASDMA said.

Authorities are running 116 relief camps and distribution centres in five districts, where 35,927 people have taken shelter at present.

The floods have damaged embankments, roads, bridges and other infrastructures in Biswanath, Karbi Anglong East, Karbi Anglong West, Golaghat, Dima Hasao, Hailakandi and Karimganj districts.

Currently, at Numaligarh in Golaghat, Barak at AP Ghat in Cachar and Badarpurghat in Karimganj, Katakhal at Matizuri in Hailakandi and Kushiyara at Karimganj town are flowing above the danger marks.

In neighbouring Manipur, the has declared holiday till Friday in all educational establishments and government offices in Imphal and its adjoining districts in view of the flood situation, an official release said.

Two people have drowned in swollen rivers in separate incidents yesterday, a said.

Water level in major rivers of the state has receded this morning but the situation continues to remain "vulnerable", a said.

Acknowledging that the flood situation was "grim", N Biren Singh said that he had requested the officials of and Infrastructure evelopment to construct road diversion along the NH-37, which had been hit by landslides.

In Assam, were disrupted in North East Frontier Railway's section, following landslides in five places of district, a said.

Heavy rain continued to lash parts of today, cutting off Lunglei, Lawngtlai and Siaha districts in southern parts of the state from the rest of the country, state disaster management and rehabilitation (DMR) department officials said.

The swelling rivers along Mizoram-Assam border deluged the lone railway station in the state and other thoroughfares, forcing people to commute in rafts and engine boats.

Heavy rainfall accompanied by lightning and thunder lashed last night. Sohra (erstwhile Cherrapunjee) recorded a whopping 281.7 mm rainfall in the past 24 hours, officials said today.

The onset of monsoon has also resulted in intermittent showers occurring during the day and the state capital here recorded 17.3 mm of rainfall, they said.

The state is expected to experience similar cloudy skies with one or two spells of thundershowers in the next four days, officials at the office at Sohra said.

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First Published: Thu, June 14 2018. 21:50 IST