Around 2 lakh people in 20 districts of Assam have been affected by the floods, with the mountainous district of Dima Hasao cut off from the rest of the state after landslides triggered by incessant rains severed rail and road links , an official bulletin announced on Monday. Two flood-related deaths were reported in Cachar district, while three landslide deaths were recorded earlier in Dima Hasao.
About 1,97,248 people were affected by the deluge, with Hojai and Cachar being the most affected with 78,157 and 51,357 people affected respectively, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) bulletin said. A total of 652 villages in 46 tax circles in 20 districts have been affected so far, he added.
Embankments have been drilled at 16 locations in different districts in the past 24 hours. Roads, bridges and houses were completed or partially damaged in several areas. Communication channels were also broken in Dima Hasao. “Due to landslides, the neighborhood cannot be approached from the outside. All roads and railways leading to Haflong have been blocked since May 15,” the bulletin said.
A statement from the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) in Guwahati said the evacuation of around 2,800 passengers from two trains, which were stranded along the Lumding-Badarpur section at Dima Hasao for the past two days due to landslides of land and congestion of the tracks, ended on Monday. . Many passengers were airlifted by the Indian Air Force even as incessant rains hampered rescue operations underway since Saturday, he added.
Around 18 trains have been canceled and more than 10 interrupted as restoration work on the damaged tracks is underway despite the rain.