The flood situation in Assam worsened on Wednesday, as the toll rose to 13, and much of the state remained under water. The Brahmaputra river and its tributaries flooded several districts and Kaziranga National Park was almost entirely submerged, reports said.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal suspended the state’s Assembly Budget session for two days and asked all legislators to visit their constituencies to help with relief operations, The Indian Express reported. Home Minister Rajnath Singh has assured Sonowal of all help from the Centre.
“The flood situation is critical. More areas have been submerged. The Brahmaputra water-level is rising every passing hour. Three more persons have died on Wednesday. I have asked all the MLAs to rush to their respective constituencies and help the civil administration in rescue and relief operations,” Sonowal told the media. He also announced Rs 4 lakh aid to families of those who have died in the floods.
More than 1.3 lakh people have been moved to relief camps in 21 districts in the state, while the Army, National and State Disaster Response Force personnel are assisting rescue and relief efforts. More than 16 lakh people have been affected by the floods in the state.