Floods in the North Eastern State, Assam have caused havoc killing dozens and affecting lakhs of people in 32 out of the 36 districts. Seven people have been killed due to the flood on Tuesday, taking to the death toll to 88. About 47 laks people are reported to be affected due to the flood. Social media is rife with disturbing images of houses being completely submerged under water.
In the last 24 hours, Silchar, on of Assam’s biggest town and the gateway to the three Barak valley districts, owing to its bowl-shaped topography, has been submerged in water, in “a never seen in history” catastrophe.
Rescue operations are in full swing as thousands of people remain stranded. All efforts are being made but its getting difficult to rescue people as shortage of boats reported. More reinforcement is being sent with four National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams to the region.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah is in touch with Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and enquiring about the state of affairs. CM Hemant Biswa Sarma tweeted and thanked Mr. Amit Shah:
“4 units of @NDRFHQ , total 105 personnel/rescuers, with modern life saving equipment, are reaching Silchar at 1130 AM today from Bhubaneshwar to carry out rescue operations in Barak valley. Grateful to Hon’ble HM @AmitShah for such prompt action and help.”