Guwahati / Itanagar / Agartala: As the floodwaters inundated fresh areas of Assam, the number of people affected in Assam doubled from the previous day to more than four lakh, while three more people died due to the disaster, eight people said in a government bulletin on Tuesday.
Landslides cut off rail and road links with Assam’s Barak Valley and Dima Hasao districts and neighboring states of Tripura, Mizoram and Manipur due to incessant rains.
Landslides in Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya have disrupted road connectivity in many areas.
The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said in a bulletin that the number of affected people across 26 districts rose from 1,97,248 in 20 districts to 4,03,352 on Monday.
Cachar is the worst affected district with 96,697 people affected and 88,420 and 58,975 people affected by the floods respectively. The death toll has risen to eight, including five killed in the landslide.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah has assured Assam of all assistance from the central government and even the state administration is taking steps to ensure supply of essential commodities in the affected areas and restore communication channels.
“Concerned about the situation due to heavy rains in some parts of Assam. The Chief Minister has spoken to Shri Himanta Biswas to look into the situation. An NDRF team has already been deployed. He has assured all possible help from the central government,” Shah tweeted on Tuesday evening.
The Regional Weather Forecast Center, Guwahati, has issued a warning for “very heavy” rains in Assam till Wednesday and heavy rains across the state for the next five days.
About 40,000 people have taken shelter in 89 relief camps in various affected areas.
Eleven embankments have collapsed since Monday, and six have been damaged, as well as houses, roads, bridges and other infrastructure.
Waterlogging was reported from Guwahati and Kharupetia in Darang district, the ASDMA bulletin said.
Landslides in different parts of Dima Hasao district have disrupted road and rail links in the Barak Valley as well as important parts of Tripura, Mizoram and Manipur since Sunday.
Landslides in the East Jaintia Hill District of the border state have also disrupted road connectivity with these parts through Meghalaya since Tuesday.
“A new landslide occurred at Kuliang village on NH06 this morning. The route from Silchar-Ratachera-Khalihariyat has been blocked. Efforts are being made to clear it and help is being given to stranded passengers,” East Jaintia Hills District Police tweeted. .
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Bishwa Sharma has said he has raised the issue of route clearing with his Meghalaya rival.
Sarma tweeted: “In the wake of the massive landslide in Meghalaya, the movement of passengers and heavy vehicles in the Barak Valley has been severely affected. I have requested the Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri angSangmaConrad for his kind intervention and assistance.
A defense statement in Guwahati said the army and Assam Rifles launched two columns for flood relief operations in different parts of Kachar on Tuesday after receiving a request for help from the deputy commissioner.
“A total of 500 villagers have been rescued by both the Srikona Battalion of the Assam Rifles and the Army. Rescue efforts continued till late evening and DC and locals praised the services of the Assam Rifles and the Army.”
The Air Force has been further requested to airlift the stranded train passengers from Dima Hasao, 35 more stranded railway employees and their families have been further requested to rescue any stranded passengers from New Hufflong railway station, which is covered in rubble. For heavy landslides in its vicinity.
The Air Force has been asked to airdrop the most essential supplies in the district since Wednesday, according to an official statement on the decision of a high-level meeting.
In Assam, examinations for the first year of high school (Class 11), which started on Wednesday, have been partially postponed due to floods and extensive damage caused by heavy rains in the last few days.
In Arunachal Pradesh, landslides have blocked roads in several areas.
Roads from Itanagar to Gohpur in Assam and Zero in Lower Subansiri district via Putin have been blocked due to mud slip.
Landslides were also reported from the Karsinga block point along the Itanagar-Bander Deva NH-415, Itanagar Gompa and RWD Colony, officials said.
An Agartala official said the Tripura government was making an urgent plan to supply essential goods by road from Assam as it would take at least two months to restore the railway network damaged by the landslide in the neighboring state.
So far, there is “no shortage” of essential supplies and fuel in Tripura, but the suspension of train services for a long time will affect the normal supply of the state, said Tapan Kumar Das, Additional Secretary, Food and Civil Supplies.