Assam’s flood situation is slowly improving since Saturday as the number of people affected declined from 29.7 lakh to 22.17 lakh. With 5 more deaths counted, the total number of casualties due to the flood and landslides this year rose to 179 across the state, said, officials.
As per the daily bulletin issued by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), the five persons drowned at various places in Karimganj, Lakhimpur, Nagaon, and Sivasagar districts during the day.
An official release reported that an Inter-Ministerial team held a meeting with Chief Secretary Jishnu Barua after assessing the damage and visiting some flood-affected districts. Team members have been scrambling to submit their reports to the Federal Government in order to receive funds at the earliest.
Most of the rivers are maintaining a receding trend though the Brahmaputra, Kopili, Disang, Buridihing, and the Barak are flowing above the danger mark at several places.
The situation in Silchar town in the Cachar district in Southern Assam, which was submerged for nearly two weeks, is also improving. However, authorities have cautioned people to be wary of the rising water level in the Barak river. The river was flowing slightly above the danger mark of 19.83 metres on Sunday.
On Saturday, the police reportedly arrested a person named Kabul Khan for allegedly damaging the Bethukandi embankment. These cracks released the pressure, allowing the river to force through and inundate over 90 percent of the town.