On one hand, the heat is scorching in the country and on the other hand there is a ruckus in Assam due to floods. Many parts of the state are affected by heavy rains, floods and landslides. Road and rail connectivity with parts of neighboring Tripura, Mizoram and Manipur, including Assam’s Barak Valley and Dima Hasao district, remained disrupted on Tuesday due to heavy rains and landslides.
Road and railway tracks have been washed away at many places in Assam and Meghalaya. Assam is in the grip of floods and so far around 2 lakh people in 20 districts have been affected. At least 11 people have died in floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains. The northeastern state is in the grip of floods this year after incessant rains for the past few days. The water level of rivers is also increasing gradually due to floods.
What is the situation so far after the floods in the Northeast?
Four people died on Monday after heavy rains and landslides hit the border state of Arunachal Pradesh, officials told AP news agency. Two others were killed when their house on a small hill in the state capital Itanagar collapsed. At another place, two people engaged in road construction died due to landslide.
Massive landslides and water-logging have caused heavy damage to railway tracks, bridges and road communication in the hilly areas of the state, causing problems to people in many parts of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya.
Around 2 lakh people in the districts of Assam are also cut off from the rest of the state as roads and bridges were either blocked or washed away by landslides. Communication channels have also been closed in these areas.
A total of 811 villages are affected by the floods in the state, while 1,277 houses are completely damaged and 5,262 partially damaged. Many people have been forced to leave their homes after flood waters entered homes and have taken shelter in schools and high altitude areas.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast heavy to very heavy rains in the region for the next three days. Along with this, the Meteorological Department has issued a red alert in Assam for Wednesday.