Brtajh Two children using makeshift rafts for transport (source: twitter)

In Assam, which has been under a spell of floods, the situation worsened with more than 8 lakh people across 21 districts affected on Saturday leading to the army being deployed in several areas. As many as 6 people have been killed.

Raised water levels in six of the rivers in the state, including Brahmaputra — one of the largest in the world and passing through Assam’s biggest city Guwahati — have crossed the danger mark, according to officials.

Dhemaji and Lakhimpur in Upper Assam and Bongaigaon and Barpeta in Lower Assam are the worst-hit districts. While Barpeta became the worst-affected with over 85,000 people seeking shelter, said the Assam State Disaster Management Authority.

As many as 68 relief camps and distribution centres in 11 districts are being run by authorities where 7,643 people are currently taking shelter. In Barpeta, nearly 3.5 lakh people have been hit, closely followed by Dhemaji where 1.2 lakh people been impacted.

The floods have forced the Railways to control train services due to “settlement of tracks” in Lumding-Badarpur hill section, Pranav Jyoti Sharma, the Northeast Frontier Railway Chief Public Relations Officer, was quoted by PTI.

More than 27,000 hectares of farmland is also under flood water, while 7,000 people have been evacuated to 68 relief centres across the state.

Also to be noted, the famous refuge of the Great Indian Rhino, Kaziranga National Park has also been affected. Authorities have placed barricades on the National Highway passing through it to limit the speed of vehicles.

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal Thursday held a video conference with deputy commissioners of affected districts and senior officials of different government departments to review the flood situation. They have been directed to stay fully alert and prepared to handle the situation promptly and effectively.

Officials said that CM Sonowal has also directed the deputy commissioners to set up a 24×7 control room to ensure the flood-afflicted people get an immediate response when faced with an emergency situation during floods.

Sonowal also reviewed the status of relief camps, distribution of relief material to the stranded people and measures taken for safety and security of animals in the flood-affected districts, an official spokesperson said.

A tiger lay dead amid the floods affecting animal habitats

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