Guwahati: Eight more people lost their lives in the devastating floods in Assam on Monday, while more than 210,000 people continue to be affected by the deluge, officials said. The death toll from flooding this year stands at 134 with eight deaths reported for the day, including five in Cachar district and one in Kamrup Metro, Morigaon and Nagaon, they said.
One person was also reported missing in Cachar district, according to a bulletin from the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA).
However, the flood situation has seen some improvement, with the total affected population falling to 21.52 million in 22 districts from 22.21 million in 28 districts the day before.
Most rivers are on a downward trend, though Kopili in Nagaon, Barak in Cachar and Karimganj and Kushiara in Karimganj are flowing above dangerous levels, officials said. In the town of Silchar, which has been submerged for more than a week, efforts are underway to provide relief to areas yet to be reached by the authorities, by helicopter of the Indian Air Force.
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are also taking part in the preparation of a flood map of the town of Silchar to determine the extent of the damage and help devise actions to minimize future damage, Deputy Commissioner Keerthi Jalli of Cachar said.
The County Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), UNICEF and OXFAM have established boat-mounted water treatment units to meet the needs of poor people in Silchar and its remote areas, a- she said. more. Transport Minister Parimal Suklabaidya on Monday visited the Borjalenga and Narsinghpur development blocks in his constituency in Dholai to inspect the delivery of relief materials to those affected by the floods.
The ASDMA Bulletin said 2,254 villages belonging to 61 tax districts are still affected by the current flood wave across the state, while 1,91,194 people have taken refuge in 538 relief camps. He added that floodwaters damaged 79 roads and five bridges, while six embankments were broken.
He added that a cultivated area of 74,655.89 hectares is still flooded and 2,774 animals have been washed away.
Meanwhile, Bollywood star Aamir Khan on Monday donated Rs lakh 25 to the Minister’s Relief Fund to help those affected by the floods.
“Famous Bollywood actor, Aamir Khan reached out to those affected by floods in our state by making a generous contribution of Rs 25 lakh to the CM Relief Fund. I am sincerely grateful for his concern and generous actions,” tweeted Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. In the past days, a number of famous individuals and organizations have donated to the CM Relief Fund after the terrible flood.