The Army was called for assistance in Assam as the flood situation in the state worsened on Friday with the toll rising to six and affecting nearly 8.7 lakh people across 21 districts.
Officials said the Army’s assistance was sought to aid the personnel of National Disaster Response Force and State Disaster Response Force in rescuing marooned people. 700 people have been shifted to safer places.
It said about 8.7 lakh persons have been hit by the deluge in Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Sonitpur, Darrang, Baksa, Barpeta, Nalbari, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Goalpara, Morigaon, Hojai, Nagaon, Golaghat, Majuli, Jorhat, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts.
Over 4 lakh people were reeling under the fury of flood in 17 districts as per data till Friday. Barpeta is the worst hit with 3.5 lakh people affected, followed by Dhemaji where 1.2 lakh people are hit. They are followed by Bongaigaon where the number of affected is 62,500, ASDMA said.
Massive erosions have taken place at various places in Chirang, Barpeta and Baksa due to the floods, which has submerged a total 1,556 villages and damaged 27,864.16 hectares of crop area, embankments, roads, bridges, culverts and other infrastructure in the affected districts.
Temporary relief camps have been set up to shelter flood affected people.
Road communication are badly affected due to flood which are causing massive problems in rural areas. The swirling flood waters have forced the railway services to come to a halt.