Northeast Floods

North East floods: Toll in Assam rises to 20, situation improves in Manipur and Tripura

The number of affected people in five districts of Assam rose to 5.64 lakh on Tuesday.

Six more people died in flood-related incidents in Assam on Tuesday, taking the toll in the North East region to 31, PTI reported. Twenty deaths have taken place in Assam so far. The number of affected people in five districts rose to 5.64 lakh on Tuesday, even as the situation continued to improve in Tripura and Manipur.

Karimganj is the worst hit district in Assam, where nearly 2.36 lakh people have been affected by the floods. Hailakandi has 2.21 lakh affected residents, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority said in a report.

Nagaon, Hojai and Cachar are the other affected districts. As many as 727 villages in these districts are under water and 3,890 hectares of crop land have been damaged, the report said. Over 1.57 lakh people have taken shelter in 457 relief camps and distribution centres.

Since Monday, at least 9,250 people have been evacuated by the state and National Disaster Response Force personnel from Karimganj, Hailakandi and Cachar districts, PTI reported.

Major rivers in the state – Barak and Kushiyara in Karimganj and Dhansiri in Golaghat – are still flowing above the danger marks, the report added.

Water levels recede in Tripura and Manipur

The situation has improved in Tripura, where the number of people in relief camps in Unakoti district came down from over 72,000 on Monday to nearly 20,000 on Tuesday, officials told PTI. Several marooned people left for their homes after flood water receded in the Manu and Deo rivers.

Three people have died in the floods in Tripura.

In Manipur too, the situation is returning to normal with the flood water receding in most affected areas. However, several localities in the five districts of Imphal valley are still under knee-deep water.

Meanwhile, “earth cracks” that mysteriously appeared last June in parts of Kankpokpi district have returned this year, the Imphal Free Press reported. The fissures were seen at Makuli Nepali village on Monday morning, leading to panic. Some experts had attributed the fissures to heavy rain last year.

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