Assam floods affect thousands, army, IAF on rescue mission

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Assam floods affect thousands, army, IAF on rescue mission

Guwahati : Over the past few days, Assam has been battered by heavy rain and resultant flooding with landslides reported in some areas affecting thousands of people. While the continuous rain has caused landslides in 12 villages in Assam, officials have reported three people missing since Sunday, including a child from the Cachar district.

Three people, including a woman, were killed in landslides in the Haflong area of the Dima Hasao district earlier on Saturday. Massive landslides and flooding also caused significant damage to railway tracks, bridges, and roads.

The flood situation in Cachar remains dire. Three people, including a child, have gone missing in the district, according to the Assam Disaster Management Authority. The rescue operations are being carried out by the State Disaster Response Force, the fire department, emergency services, and the Cachar district administration.

According to reports, the continuous rain has affected around 57,000 people in Assam's seven districts. Nearly 222 villages in 15 revenue circles have been affected by the floods, and 10321.44 hectare of cultivated land have been submerged under floodwaters, according to sources.

Thousands of animals too have been affected by the flood. In addition, more than 200 houses and settlements have been damaged. Several passengers were stranded at the Ditokcherra railway station. The Indian Air Force airlifted 119 passengers to Silchar, while others were rescued in Badarpur and Silchar. The constant rain has wreaked havoc on Hojai, Lakhimpur, and Nagaon districts' roads, bridges, and irrigation canals.

Train services hit rain, landslides

Due to landslides in many parts of the Lumding-Badarpur Hill Railway section of the Northeast Frontier Railway, some trains were cancelled until further notice.

In fact, in view of waterlogging and landslides due to heavy rains for the past several days, there has been heavy damage to railway tracks between Jatinga Lumpur and New Harangajaon, Beecher, Bandarkhal and Ditekchora sections and in Lumding-Badarpur hill section at many other places of Assam.

Between 16 and 22 May, a total of 18 trains have been cancelled for different dates. On the other hand, 11 trains will be partially cancelled, short terminated and run for short distances on different dates from May 16 to 24.