Guwahati, July 12 : The flood situation in Assam has taken a deadly turn as it affected over 8.69 lakh people of 21 out of 33 districts in the state.
Three more persons have lost their lives due to flood and landslide incident in past 24 hours in the state and total death toll rose to six.
According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), 21 districts of the state submerged by flood waters of the Brahmaputra river and its tributaries by affecting over 8.69 lakh people of 1556 villages.
The affected districts are – Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Sonitpur, Darrang, Baksa, Barpeta, Nalbari, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Goalpara, Morigaon, Hojai, Nagaon, Golaghat, Majuli, Jorhat, Sibsagar, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia.
Three more persons have lost their lives due to flood and landslide in Golaghat and Dima Hasao districts in last 24 hours.
The Brahmaputra river in Jorhat, Sonitpur, Kamrup, Goalpara and Dhubri districts, Burhidehing in Dibrugarh, Desang in Sivasagar, Dhansiri in Golaghat, Jia Bharali in Sonitpur, Kopili in Nagaon, Puthimari in Kamrup, Beki River in Barpeta, Katakhal in Hailakandi and Kushiyara in Karimganj districts are flowing above danger level.
NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) and SDRF (State Disaster Response Force) teams have been pressed into service in the flood affected areas for search and rescue operation.
68 numbers of relief camps are operational in Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Baksa, Nalbari, Chirang, Kokrajhar, Golaghat, Majuli, Jorhat, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts with 7,643 inmates and 48 Relief Distribution Centres in the districts of Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Nalbari, Golaghat, Majuli, Jorhat and Tinsukia districts.
On the other hand, the flood waters have forced the railway authority to control train services due to settlement of tracks in the Lumding-Badarpur hill section and the NF Railway has cancelled and short terminated several trains.
According to the NF Railway authority, due to heavy rain, railway track has been affected at km 110/4-5 between Jatinga Lumpur – New Harangajao station in Lumding – Badarpur hill section under Lumding division of N.F. Railway.
The settlement occurred at about 09-30 am on Friday making it unsuitable for train movement.
"The repairing work has already started and it will take more than 8 hours to complete the restoration work. As a result, some trains are either cancelled or short terminated. 13173 up Sealdah – Agartala Kanchanjunjha Express which arrived Lumding station at 09-25 am has been short terminated and will remain cancelled between Lumding and Agartala. 13176 Silchar – Sealdah Kanchanjunjha Express scheduled to leave Silchar today will remain cancel. 55615 up Guwahati – Silchar passenger which left from Guwahati on 11.07.2019 and arrived New Haflong station at 09-27 am today has been short terminated and will remain cancel between New Haflong and Silchar. 55616 DN Silchar - Guwahati passenger of today which arrived Chandranathpur station at 09-30 am from Silchar has been short terminated and will return back to Silchar. 15612 DN Silchar – Guwahati Express of today will remain cancel. 15611 up Guwahati - Silchar Express of 13.07.19 will remain cancel. 55615 up Guwahati – Silchar passenger of today will remain cancel. 55616 DN Silchar - Guwahati passenger of13.07.19 will remain cancel. 01665 Habibganj – Agartala Special train will be shor terminated at Guwahati and will remain cancel between Guwahati to Agartala. 01666 Agartala - Habibganj Special train which is scheduled to leave from Agartala on 13.07.2019 will originate from Guwahati as per its scheduled time as per time table. 12507 up Trivandrum – Silchar Express will be short terminated at Lumding," an official of NF Railway said.
Meanwhile, railway authority has made provision for adequate drinking water for all passengers of short-terminated trains at respective stations.
(By Hemanta Kumar Nath, Guwahati)