Published: Sun, July 21, 2019

Floods continue to pile agony on people of Bihar, Assam

Floods continue to pile agony on people of Bihar, Assam

The situation in Assam continued to remain precarious as the death toll in the rampaging floods rose to 59 on Saturday, news agency PTI reported. As the floodwaters recede, the bodies of previously undiscovered victims are being recovered, said state officials Thursday.

Around 66.76 lakh people from 12 districts of Bihar have been severely affected by the calamity while Assam is devastated with 48.87 lakh people in 30 of its 33 districts.

"We have enough supply of dry food and drinking water but we can not reach many areas due to high water levels", said the official in the district of Gaibandha, one of 21 hit by floods.

The floods have claimed at least 30 lives and almost 1.5 lakh people have been sent to relief camps in July.

Large-scale relief operations are underway in flood-hit areas of lower Assam by the army and rescue columns are operating round the clock, authorities said.

The forerunner in the list of donators towards the Assam flood affected people is Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar who not only made a sum of Rs 1 crore as a donation to the people of Assam but has also contributed an equal amount for the animals of Kaziranga national park. Disaster relief tasks have been executed on a war footing in Baksa, Nalbari, Barpeta, Dhekiajuli and Morigaon districts, it said.

He further said that till now NDRF personnel have evacuated more than 4,500 people from far-flung villages of flood-affected Araria, Katihar, Sitamarhi, Madhubani, Darbhanga, Supaul, Muzaffarpur and Motihari districts.

In Sivasagar and Udalguri where the flood water has ebbed, the displaced people found after returning home that the swirling waters have damaged walls and sand from rivers filled up agriculture lands rendering them unsuitable for farming.

This park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to the world's largest population of endangered one-horned rhinoceroses.

Several million people are living in camps and makeshift settlements in India's eastern state of Bihar and northeastern Assam, officials said, with heavy rains and flooding since last week driving even animals to seek shelter in people's homes.

While some of the animals perished in the floods, others were hit by vehicles while crossing the adjacent national highway 37 in an attempt to reach highland in nearby Karbi Anglong district.

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