North East floods: Toll rises to 23, situation improves in Manipur and Tripura
In Assam, major rivers are still overflowing.
Six more people have been killed since Sunday in the floods in Manipur, Assam and Tripura, taking the toll to 23, PTI reported. However, there has been significant improvement in the situation in Manipur and Tripura.
In Assam, 4.5 lakh people have been affected by the deluge across six districts of Hojai, Cachar, Golaghat, Hailakandi, Karimganj, and West Karbi Anglong. According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority, the toll in the state stands at 12, reported The Sentinel.
Karimganj district is the worst-hit with nearly 2.15 lakh people affected, followed by Hailakandi with 1.93 lakh people. Most of the rivers in Assam – Brahmaputra in Jorhat district, Barak in Cachar and Badarpurghat in Karimganj – are still overflowing.
Flood situation in Manipur has improved
In Manipur, the water level of major rivers in five districts of the Imphal Valley receded considerably with only Lilong flowing a little above the “warning level”. Flood control officials said the situation has improved and that water level in inundated localities has reduced.
The State Relief and Disaster Management reported that one person drowned in the past 24 hours, taking the toll in the state to eight. Over 3,947 hectares of paddy fields have been damaged in the floods.
During Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s visit to Maiba Khul and Mongjam villages of Imphal East district on Sunday, Chief Minister N Biren Singh requested immediate flood assistance, reported Imphal Free Press. The chief minister later said the Union minister had already directed the home secretary to provide immediate help to the flood-affected.
Water levels receding in Tripura’s major rivers
The situation in Tripura improved significantly on Sunday with water levels of all major rivers receding, reported PTI. Several areas, however, remained inundated in the Kailashahar sub-division in Unakoti district.
According to the State Emergency Operation Centre, over 32,000 people are housed in 173 relief camps, mostly in Unakoti district. Manu river, which had caused extensive damage in Unakoti district, is now flowing two metres below the danger mark of 24 metres.
On June 16, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb had directed officials to provide relief material and medical aid to residents, reported Northeast Now.
Three people have died and seven others have been injured in flood-related incidents since June 5. Distribution of relief material, setting up of medical camps and assessment of damage have already begun across the state, an official of the State Emergency Operation Centre told PTI.
Train services are still suspended between Lumding and Badarpur due to landslides.