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6 dead, lakhs homeless in Assam floods

July 14, 2019

Monsoons are creating havoc in the north-eastern state of Assam in India. Reportedly, six people have lost their lives and over 8 lakh people have been left homeless due to incessant floods and heavy rains that hit the state over the past one week. The Brahmaputra River that crosses across Assam is already over flooded and crossed the danger zone. Weather forecast department has predicted heavy rains over the weekend as well. All the transport systems to Assam iincluding rail and air to its capital city Guwahati has been completely cut off. Since floods are a time for outbreak of many diseases, officials have requested people to take precautions.

Instructing the officials to step up operations to rescue flood affected people, the CM directed to provide timely medical treatment to people at relief camps & flood hit areas to avert outbreak of Japanese Encephalitis and other health hazards-Sarbananda Sonowal, Chief Minister of Assam.

Some of the worst hit areas of Assam includes Biswanath, Dhemaji, Chirang, Nalbari, Baksa and Jorhat to name a few. Almost 2000 people were evacuated to over 53 relief camps that have opened in various parts of the state. Many people took to social media to express their anxiety over the central government ignoring north-east India.

"In Assam 21 districts hv been affcted by the floods due to the rising waters of Brahmputra and its tributaries. 9 lacs people affected & 5 already died but mainstream media not highlighting the news. Sad to see they always ignore our Assam & NE. Why dis discrimination wid us?", tweeted Jiten Das.

"Guwahati: The Army was called for assistance in Assam as the flood situation in the state worsened with the toll rising to 10 and affecting nearly 8.7 lakh people across 21 districts", tweeted Ranjit Rana.

Apart from humans, even animals were affected in the disastrous floods. Many wild animals from the Kaziranga National Park, one of the biggest in the world, are forced to take shelter without any help. Officials stated that platforms have been built for animals at the park, but there are no formal reports to how many lost their lives in the floods.

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