Heavy rainfall in Assam, Sikkim and North Bengal caused landslides and floods in multiple areas on Friday, compelling authorities to strengthen rescue and relief operations and evacuate the affected people to safer locations. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert for North Bengal and Sikkim.
According to reports, floods in Assam have affected more than 67,000 people in 17 districts of the state. The affected districts are Biswanth, Chirang, Dhemaji, Golaghat, Baksha, Jorhat, Bongaigaon, Lakhimpur, Dhubri, Nagoan, Tamulpur, Kokrajhar, Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Sivasagar and Majuli. The State Disaster Management Authority stated that major rivers, namely Brahmaputra, are flowing above the danger levels in several places.
Reportedly, an embankment was destroyed in Majuli and 18 roads were damaged in Barpeta, Chirang, Majuli, Sonitpur, Golaghata, Sivasagar, Lakhimpur and Dhubri districts. Further, large-scale erosion was also reported from the state. A crop area of nearly 2770 hectares has been damaged. 49,535 animals were also affected in the northeastern state of Assam.
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma asserted that excess water from the Kurichu dam in Bhutan was being released since the previous morning and district administration in the downstream area of Assam has been put on alert for possible flooding.
On the other hand, in Sikkim, heavy rainfall triggered landslides in the state’s northern areas. Reportedly, a landslide in the 9th Mile area along Jawaharlal Nehru Road cut off the Nathu La Pass, that connects India and China and other tourist destinations such as Tsomgo Lake and Baba Mandir, from Sikkim’s capital Gangtok. In addition, North Sikkim has received heavy rains for the past seven days.
Reports claim that on Thursday two people were swept away by the Kaljani river in North Bengal’s Alipurduar district. Furthermore, Torsa and Kaljani rivers in Alipurduar district crossed the danger mark after heavy rainfall for two consecutive days. Meanwhile in Jalpaiguri, the Army rescued nearly 72 people, who were stranded due to floods in Mechpara village near Hasimara.
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