At least five people have lost their lives and over a lakh have been affected due to the floods in the plain belt of West Garo Hills in Meghalaya.
The area has witnessed a surge in water levels since the last one week, with most areas submerged under the flood, caused by the backflow of the Brahmaputra river. As many as 175 villages have been affected by the flood, the area District Collector Ram Singh said.
Meanwhile, the Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma announced ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh to each of the deceased’s families.
With over 1,70,000 people affected by the floods, the district administration has set up 22 relief camps.
Meanwhile, the ravaging annual floods have claimed a total of 87 lives so far in Assam. A total of 24 districts are reeling under floodwaters, according to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority.
A total of 24,19,185 people and 1,10,323 hectares of cropland across 2323 villages have been affected by the flood. So far 9,30,218 big animals, 4,65,799 small animals and 8,14,251 poultry are also affected.
Several rivers including the mighty Brahmaputra in different parts of Assam are flowing above danger level, causing floods and consequently leaving thousands of families homeless.
The Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger level at Neematighat in Jorhat and Dhubri. Jia Dharali at NT Road Crossing and Kopili at Nagaon and Dhansiri at Numaligarh.
As per the latest data, the flood-affected districts are Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Sonitpur, Darrang, Baksa, Nalbari, Barpeta, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South Salmara, Goalpara, Kamrup, Kamrup (M), Morigaon, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Karbi-Anglong and Cachar. A total of 468 relief camps have been installed. In the relief camps, there are so far 50,559 people.
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