Assam floods: 2 policemen washed away during rescue operation; Bodies recovered

New Delhi:

Two policemen, including an officer-in-charge and a constable, of Kampur police station in Nagaon district of Assam were washed away in flood waters late on Sunday night. Policemen were engaged in flood rescue operation at the time of the incident.

The State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) recovered the bodies of both the policemen after an overnight search operation.

The incident took place when a team of police of Kampur police station under the leadership of officer-in-charge Samutjal Kakati was engaged in flood rescue operation in Kampur. The officer-in-charge has been identified as Samujjal Kakoti and constable as Rajiv Bordoloi.

Policemen washed away

While carrying out rescue operations, Constable Bordoloi was washed away by the strong current of flood water. To save the constable from being washed away, the officer-in-charge Kakoti immediately jumped into the water, but he was washed away by the current.

The SDRF launched a massive rescue, search operation and the bodies of both were recovered on Monday morning.

Nagaon Superintendent of Police Leena Dole said, “During flood rescue operation last night, a team of Assam Police fell into a reservoir in Kampur area of Nagaon. Sub Inspector Samutjal Kakati, the officer-in-charge, jumped into the water to save his colleague. The bodies of OC SI Samutjal Kakati and UB constable Rajeev Bordoloi have now been recovered. Due to his bravery, two policemen were saved.

Assam flood situation

The flood situation in Assam worsened on Sunday, with the number of affected in 33 districts rising to 42.28 lakh and the death toll in five days rising to 34, with nine more people, including three children, losing their lives in the last 24 hours .

Six people died in flood waters, while three others were killed in landslides. With this, the death toll in this year’s floods and landslides rose to 71. At the same time, at least eight people are reported missing. Nagaon is one of the worst-hit districts with more than 3.64 lakh people suffering from floods.

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma announced that he will hold a video meeting with his cabinet ministers along with state deputy commissioners and civil sub-divisional officers on Monday to discuss the flood situation.


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