Eight dead, over four lakh affected in pre-monsoon floods in Assam

The death count has risen to eight in the the ongoing pre-monsoon floods and landslides in Assam, where over four lakh people have been hit in 26 districts, officials said, adding that about 40 thousand people have been shifted to relief camps.

Dima Hasao, the worst-hit district, has been cut off from the rest of the state for past three days.

The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has been requested to restore the road connectivity  from Guwahati to Haflong with immediate effect so that supplies and other essential commodities can be sent to the Dima Hasao district.

The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) will use the services of drones and employ satellite data to ascertain the loss and damage in the district.

An ASDMA bulletin said that at least 2,02,385 people were affected and around 6,540 houses either partially and fully damaged in 811 villages under 26 districts.

Over 33,300 people took shelter in the 72 relief camps even as the district administrations have opened 27 relief distribution centres.

The worst affect districts include, Cachar, Dima Hasao, Hojai, Charaideo, Darrang, Dhemaji, Dibrugarh, Bajali, Baksa, Biswanath and Lakhimpur.