Assam's Independence Day spirit remains buoyant in the face of floods

Emilio Banks
August 18, 2017

The death toll in Bihar has risen to 72 and is still expected to rise. "The toll has been 12 in Madhepura, 11 in Sitamarhi, eight in Kishanganj, five in Purnea and Madhepura each, three in Saharsa, two in Sheohar and one in Supaul".

These included the Motihari-Valmikinagar Road section of Samastipur division as water is flowing over the rail tracks in Narkatiaganj yard, besides Chamua-Narkatiaganj, Narkatiaganj-Sathi sections and Semra yard. "We have to rescue the people first and only after that we will start evaluating the magnitude of damage due to the floods".

In the state of Assam, various districts in upper and lower parts of the state have been affected, including the Kaziranga National Park, which has seen animals suffer as each annual flood passes by.

Many trains have been short-terminated, it said.

And in Uttar Pradesh 23 people have died due to floods.

Horrific The mother and daughter drowned when they were pulled into the raging torrent
Horrific The mother and daughter drowned when they were pulled into the raging torrent

The army was assisting the civil administration in rescue and relief operations, the reports said. The ASDMA said the authorities were running 304 relief camps and distribution centres in 21 districts, where 1,38,648 people had taken shelter.

Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said that Prime Minister Modi was himself keeping a close watch on the flood situation in Bihar and he also apprised Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh of the situation during the day.

The flood situation in Bihar worsened today as the death toll mounted to 98 due to the deluge which has affected almost 93 lakh people in 15 districts.

The flood waters have cut off surface communication in many areas, including the worst-affected Dhemaji, Darrng, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, Goalpara, Nagaon and Dibrugarh districts.

Flood situation in Bihar and Assam continues to be grim and alarming. In West Bengal, a railway bridge between Maniyan and Kuretha was damaged by floods that disrupted the train services between Katihar in Bihar and Kumedpur in West Bengal.

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