7 lakh people affected by floods in Assam, 33 killed in Bihar due to lightning and storm

New Delhi:

Incessant rains and landslides for the past few days have thrown life out of gear in many parts of Assam. In the latest developments, the situation in four districts – Nagaon, Hojai, Cachar and Darrang – still remains grim.

According to the Assam State Disaster Management, news agency ANI reported, “The death toll in the floods and landslides has risen to 14 and around 7.12 lakh people have been affected in 29 districts of the state. In Karnataka too, this week there was flooding in some parts amid heavy rains.

In Bihar, 33 people have died due to lightning and thunderstorm and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has announced compensation for the families of those killed. In 16 districts of the state, 33 people died due to thunderstorm and lightning. Instructions have been given to give an ex-gratia amount of ₹ 4 lakh to the families of those who died.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar took to Twitter on Friday night to appeal to people to be alert, writing, “Stay at home and stay safe.” He further posted, urging the state to follow the steps listed by the disaster management authority.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also condoled on Twitter. He wrote, “It is very sad that in many districts of Bihar, many people died in incidents of thunderstorm and lightning. May God give strength to the bereaved families to bear this immense loss. The local administration is actively engaged in relief and rescue work under the supervision of the state government.

In Assam, more than 3.36 lakh people have been affected in Nagaon district, 1.66 lakh in Cachar district, 1.11 lakh in Hojai and 52,709 in Darrang district, according to the State Disaster Management Authority.

Four people, including two children, died on Friday after being submerged in flood waters in Cachar, Lakhimpur and Nagaon districts, news agency ANI reported.

In the past few days, torrential rains and landslides have ravaged the beautiful town of Haflong in Dima Hasao district of Assam. Traffic has come to a standstill due to water logging on the roads. Flood waters have also entered many houses, making life difficult for the people.

On Friday, Chinook heavy-lift helicopters were deployed to assist National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel in the flood-hit areas of Haflong to help rescue people trapped in the area (due to floods and landslides).


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