Landslides, Floods Claim 27 Lives In Sikkim, Assam Displaces 7 Lakhs

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Flood situation in the state remain unchanged. The Brahmaputra River is above the danger level at Dibrugarh, Nematighat, Tezpur, Dhubri, Guwahati and Goalpara. Similarly, the Burhidehing is flowing above danger level at Khowang in Dibrugarh district, the Subansiri at Badatighat in Lakhimpur, the Dhansiri at Numaligarh in Golaghat and the Jia Bharali at N T Road Xing at Sonitpur.

The National Disaster Response Force, the State Disaster Response Force, the Army and the Indian Air Force are engaged in rescue and relief operations.

Twenty-one specialized flood relief task forces of the Army with equipment and rescue boats are carrying out flood relief operations in Sotea subdivision of Sonitpur district. Army helicopters have also been pressed into service and a large number of sorties were carried out for distribution of 2.5 tonnes of food packets among the flood victims.

Almost 100 per cent of the total landmass of the river island has been submerged by the water of the swollen Brahmaputra, affecting 95 per cent of the total population. According to a source, more than 1,80,000 people of 200 villages in the river island have been affected by the flood till the filing of this report. Likewise, more than 13000 hectares of agricultural cropland have gone under water. Last night, the flood water washed away the PWD road connecting Kamalabari with Mohkina and Auniati, along with 14 houses.

Part of report by: Abdul Hasib, Secretariat , Inter Agency Group-Assam,C/o, Catholic Relief Service/CRS, NECHA Building, 6th Mile, Khanapara, Guwahati – 781022, AssamTel (0361) 2227723/24,  Telefax: 0361- 2229226 email: iagassam@gmail.com

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The whole of north Sikkim has experienced heavy landslides, and the Lachen river(one of the two main channels of the Teesta river in upstream) have experienced catastrophic flash flooding mainly due to incessant rainfall. About twenty four people are feared dead. No news till now about the impact on downstream areas in North Bengal. The entire affected area like Lachen, Lachung, Chungthang, Mangan, Dikchu, Singtam and Rangpo etc. has several large hydropower projects under construction. It seems late monsoon disasters have become a feature of the weather pattern in NE India of late.

Updates by: Dr. Partha J Das, Aaranyak, Guwahati  http://www.aaranyak.org

Assam Tribune: Upper Assam flood situation improves

26 Sep: The overall flood situation in Tinsukia district has improved today. Meanwhile, two Additional Deputy Commissioners from Tinsukia have gone to take stock of the situation and to supervise the restoration and relief works in the worst-affected north bank in Sadiya subdivision.

Relief materials in the remotest areas are being sent by boat and bamboo bridges are being constructed for easy surface connection between these places with the subdivisional headquarter, Chapakhowa.

The water level receded to the original river courses. Ferry services between Dhola and Sadiya have been restored. However, there are about 1500 inmates still in the seven relief camps. Medical services too have been made available in the flood-affected areas.

The situation in the flood areas under Tinsukia revenue circle namely Guijan and forest village of Dibru Saikhowa National Park Laaika area has improved. There are about 400 people still in three relief camps in the area. Relief and other essential items could be sent to Laaika by boats as ferry services have been restored between Guijan Ghat and Laaika today.

In Doomdooma revenue circle also, the situation has improved. Though most of the inmates have returned to their homes from relief camps, about 4500 people are still taking shelter in 11 relief camps as of today.

In the meantime, assessment of overall loss in the district is being made separately by different departments like veterinary, agriculture and revenue. Strict vigil is being maintained by the health and family welfare department for any outbreak of post-flood health hazards in the flood- affected areas as well as in the entire district.

As a noble gesture, the employees of 108 services under the banner of Tinsukia district committee of 108 Emergency Services rendered help to about 1338 flood-affected inmates of three relief camps of Saikhowa Dhola area on September 25 by contributing money among themselves.

The committee also rendered medical service to the inmates of these camps and arranged for transfer of the needy ones to hospital.

On the other hand, a group of teachers and students of Tinsukia College visited relief camps at Hatibat and Borgaon in Brekuri area under Doomdooma revenue circle and distributed essential items among about 200 camp inmates.

Flood water recedes in Dibrugarh: With cessation of rainfall in the region, flood in the district has begun to recede and the mighty Brahmaputra along with its tributaries at all gauge stations flowed below danger level today.

The level of flood water has come down in all the flood-affected areas of the district, officials informed. Although a few opted to return to their homes at different places, majority chose to wait till the flood waters completely dried up. “Living rooms have become slushy and filthy with the flood. People can return only after they have cleaned their houses and made it suitable for living,” Reena Mech, Circle Officer of Chabua revenue circle said.

Agricultural fields, however remained under water even today. Several hectares of standing paddy crops and vegetables in Bogibeel, Madhupur and Lezai Kalakhowa areas have been ruined.

Situation better in Dergaon: The flood situation has been improving at Dergaon from last night. A total of six revenue villages to the north of Dergaon town under Dergaon and Khumtai LACs were affected in the recent flood caused by the Brahmaputra.

Six houses were washed away but no human life was lost during the flood till filing of this report. On the hand, 8000 people were affected and several domestic animals were washed away. A relief cum distribution camp was set up at Bahguri High School by the district administration.

When contacted, Dergaon Circle Officer Tapan Kr Gohain told this correspondent that a total of 217 quintals of rice, 40 quintals of dal, eight quintals of salt and 60 quintals of cattle feed were distributed among the affected people by the administration.

On the other hand, the Dergaon unit of AASU led by Abhibartan Goswami, Deep Borthakur and Abdulla Siddiki visited the flood-affected areas and distributed relief among the affected people.

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NTDV: Assam flood worsens: Ten big developments

Guwahati::  The flood situation in Assam continues to be grim with over half of the state’s 27 districts inundated, more than 17 lakh people affected and at least 18 dead. Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi is meanwhile away on a study tour in Japan.

  1. The fresh wave of flood has left 16 of Assam’s 27 districts submerged. These flood-hit districts are – Baksa, Barpeta, Darrang, Dhemaji, Dibrugarh, Golaghat, Jorhat, Kamrup, Kamrup Metro, Lakhimpur, Morigaon, Nagaon, Nalbari, Sivsagar, Sonitpur and Tinsukia.
  2. According to a government report released on Tuesday, 1,916 villages in these 16 districts are reeling under flood water.  As a result, more than 17 lakh people have been displaced, 18 have died and many others are missing. Close to four lakh have taken shelter at the 166 relief camps set up by the district administration.
  3. The deluge has brought with it misery and colossal losses- lakhs of homes have been washed away, thousands of hectares of standing crop has been destroyed and roads and bridges have been damaged.
  4. While lakhs of people in the state are fighting the devastating the flood, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi is away in Japan on a study tour. He has reportedly now decided to cut short his visit and is expected to return today. He left for Japan on September 21 on a six-day trip as a member of the Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers.
  5. The Chief Minister has directed the state administration to use helicopters and mechanised boats to step up rescue and relief operations. He has also asked all ministers in his cabinet to visit the flood-affected districts and oversee relief and rescue operations.
  6. The National Disaster Response Force, the State Disaster Response Force, the army and the IAF are all engaged in rescue and relief operations.
  7. The Brahmaputra, Burhidehing, Subansiri, Dhansiri and the Jia Bharali rivers are flowing above danger level at many places.
  8. Parts of National Highway 52, which connects Dhemaji in Assam to Arunachal Pradesh, is also submerged and there are fears of scarcity of food and other materials in the district. Assam’s main city Guwahati also came under threat of floods and many areas of Pandu and Adabari areas are submerged.
  9. Over 80 per cent of the Kaziranga National Park remained under flood water and over 10 animals died in the park due to floods. Vast areas of Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary in Morigaon district and Dibru Choikhowa National Park in Tinsukia district were also submerged.
  10. The worst affected area in the state is Majuli Island. About 70 per cent of its land has been submerged under water and hence all educational institutions there have been closed down.  Another badly affected region, the Sadia subdivision in Tinsukia, has 80 per cent of its landmass under water.

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Situation worsens in Assam, half the state flood hit

25 Sep 2012: Guwahati: The flood situation in Assam worsened today with the water level of the Brahmaputra and its tributaries continuing to rise, leaving 15 lakh people affected and 1,972 villages in 16 districts submerged.

In the Majuli island in Jorhat district, flood water inundated the sub-divisional office and the Majuli jail from where 41 prisoners were shifted to the Jorhat Central Jail in a special ferry yesterday, officials said.

Nine of the famed Satras (Vaishnavite monasteries) and 40 educational institutions in Majuli have also been submerged by the Brahmaputra. Over 70 per cent of Majuli’s 890-square kilometre landmass remained under water.

A total of 166 relief camps have been set up across the state for flood-affected people. Over 2.31 lakh people have taken shelter in the camps.

The third wave of flood has inundated 63 revenue circles of Baksa, Barpeta, Darrang, Dhemaji, Dibrugarh, Golaghat, Jorhat, Kamrup Rural, Kamrup Metro, Lakhimpur, Morigaon, Nagaon, Nalbari, Sivsagar, Sonitpur and Tinsukia districts.

The Brahmaputra River is above the danger level at Dibrugarh, Nematighat, Tezpur, Dhubri, Guwahati and Goalpara.

Similarly, the Burhidehing is flowing above danger level at Khowang in Dibrugarh district, the Subansiri at Badatighat in Lakhimpur, the Dhansiri at Numaligarh in Golaghat and the Jia Bharali at N T Road Xing at Sonitpur.

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi yesterday directed the administration to use helicopters and mechanised boats to step up rescue and relief operations in the flood-hit state.

Mr Gogoi, who is in Japan, spoke to revenue minister Prithibi Majhi, water resources minister Rajib Lochan Pegu and Chief Secretary Naba Kumar Das over the phone and directed them to step up rescue and relief operations.

The chief minister has directed adequate food materials be supplied to the flood-affected areas and asked all ministers in his Cabinet to visit the affected districts immediately and oversee relief and rescue operation.

The National Disaster Response Force, the State Disaster Response Force, the Army and the Indian Air Force are engaged in rescue and relief operations.

Troops of the Tezpur-headquartered Gajraj Corps of the Indian Army provided relief to more than 6,000 flood-affected people in Sonitpur district in central Assam, besides distributing 2.5 tonnes of food packets.

Among the worst-affected are Dhemaji district in upper Assam where 622 villages have come under the impact of the flood.

Parts of National Highway 52, which connects Dhemaji and Arunachal Pradesh, has come under flood water and there are fears of scarcity of food and other material in the district.

In Guwahati also, rising waters of the Brahmaputra have submerged areas of Pandu and Adabari localities in the western part of the city.

Most of the Kaziranga National Park in Golaghat district lay under water and wildlife, including the world-famous one-horned rhinos, are moving towards higher grounds.

A one-horned rhino was killed by poachers in Disbalu Chapori in Kaziranga. The poachers reportedly chopped off the rhino’s horn.

Over 70 per cent of the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary in central Assam’s Morigaon district was also submerged with as many as 18 of the 22 guard camps in the sanctuary going under water.

However, there is no report of any loss of wildlife in the Pobitora sanctuary.

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Outlook India: Landslides, Floods Claim 27 lives in Sikkim, Assam

Landslides triggered by heavy rains claimed 27 lives, including those of ITBP and BRO personnel in Sikkim, even as flood situation in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh deteriorated with vast areas reeling under its impact.

Official sources today said in Gangtok that at least 21 bodies, including those of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) personnel, were found while eight persons were missing following flash floods and landslides in remote areas of North Sikkim.

Army and IAF personnel have launched rescue operations in full swing in the badly affected areas.

The dead include four from the ITBP, two of their family members, and 12 junior officers from the BRO. Other victims were casual labourers, they said. Most of the casualties were reported from Rangma range.

Landslides were caused by heavy rains since September 19, Deputy Commissioner North district T W Khangsherpa said, adding there were about nine landslides blocking the main road between Chungthang and Mangan in the district.

In the small hours of today, another landslide occurred at an area about a kilometre from Mangan, the district headquarter town of North Sikkim, blocking NH 31-A and leaving the northern side of the Himalayan state cut off.

In Assam, flood situation deteriorated with 15 districts reeling under its impact, as large parts of Dibru-Saikhowa and Kaziranga National Parks and Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary submerged. Five deaths have been reported, official sources said in Guwahati.

The surging waters of the swollen rain-fed Brahmaputra and its tributaries overran fresh areas affecting an estimated five lakh people in Dibrugarh, Sonitpur, Tinsukia, Golaghat, Morigaon, Dhemaji, Kamrup (Rural), Lakhimpur, Baksa, Barpeta, Jorhat, Nalbari, Sibsagar and Udalguri districts.

Troops of the Tezpur-headquartered Gajraj Corps swung into action in flood-hit Sonitpur district of central Assam and rescued around 1,500 civilians in the past four-five days. The IAF also dropped 2.4 tonnes of relief material.

In Sonitpur district, the Army and National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) were assisting the district administration in rescue and relief operations, pressing into service 10 special boats where road communication has been snapped by the deluge, district Deputy Commissioner Tapan Chandra Sarma.

Tinsukia district administration has airlifted 100 marooned people in waterlogged Sadiya subdivision’s Paanch Mile area and Army helicopters were airdropping food items there.

In the third wave of floods during the current year, two persons, including a woman, were washed away in Dibrugarh district yesterday, one person drowned in Demow river in Dhemaji district and two others in Tinsukia district’s Dhola area on September 13.

Incessant rains in Arunachal Pradesh, Bhutan foothills and in Assam for the last 15 days, have caused the Brahmaputra and its tributaries to rise above the danger level in most places and breach river dykes, embankments and overflow into human habitats and farm land.

Over two lakh people have been affected in the fresh wave of floods in five districts of Arunachal Pradesh with majority of the rivers and tributaries flowing over the danger mark today, official sources said in Itanagar. One person died due to the floods in the state.

At least 39 marooned people, including 12 children, who were stranded between the branches of Lohit river since four days were rescued by Indian Air Force last evening, Lohit Deputy Commissioner R K Sharma said.

Meanwhile, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi has assured Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki that the Centre would soon send a team to take stock of the damage caused by floods in the state.

Gandhi, during a meeting with the chief minister yesterday, said the Centre was aware of the worsening flood situation in Arunachal and assured all possible help to repair damage caused by sudden floods.

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e-PAO: Assam flood situation grim, seven dead

The flood situation in Assam is grim with over 800,000 people affected in at least 15 of the 27 districts in the state, officials said on Sunday. Officials said that seven people have died in floods in various places during the past one week. Over 700 villages have also been submerged in the affected areas, an official said.

The government has sounded an alert, as water level in most of the rivers in the state continue to rise owing to incessant rains in some upper Assam districts as well as in Arunachal Pradesh. The flood situation is more serious in Kamrup, Jorhat, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Dhemaji, Lakhimpur and Sonitpur districts, according to the official.

A total of 16 teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), 60 Army teams and 18 teams of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) have stepped up their relief and rescue efforts in some of the worst affected districts, the official said.

A woman stays adrift on a make shift raft in Assam
A woman stays adrift on a make shift raft in Assam

Four helicopters of the Indian Air Force and army have been pressed into service in the Sadia subdivision in Tinsukia district to air drop necessary food items and rescue marooned people.

Ferry services have also been stopped at Sadia and Assam’s largest river island Majuli in Jorhat district as the Brahmaputra river is flowing above the danger level in many areas.

Several villages have been submerged in Sadia and Majuli. In lower Assam, too, flood waters have breached the Rangia-Goreshwar PWD road at Rangia in Kamrup district Sunday morning, an official said.

Parts of the Kaziranga National Park, Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary and Dibru-Saikhowa National Park have also been submerged.

Alert has been sounded in the Kaziranga National Park. At least 15 anti-poaching camps of Kaziranga have been submerged, forcing the security staff to shift to boats in order to keep an eye on poachers.

Officials from Dispur said that Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger level mark in Dibrugarh, Nimatighat, Dhemaji, Tezpur and Dhansirimukh in Kaziranga.

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First post: Flash floods, landslides in North-east kill 23, displace 7 lakh

Flash floods and landslides have killing 23 people and displacing a further 7 lakh people in the North-east.

CNN-IBN reported that nearly 20 people were killed in Sikkim, three in Arunachal Pradesh and more than 7 lakh people affected in Assam after days of incessant rainfall triggered landslides and flash floods in the region on Sunday.

In Sikkim, landslides swept away houses, buildings, roads, bridges and everything else in their way, in the northern part of the state, while a labour camp at the Teesta Hydel Project site was also washed away.

File photo of Assam floods: PTI

The twenty deaths in the state are believed to include seven Border Roads Organisation (BRO) personnel, three civilians and one General Reserve Engineer Force (GREF) personnel. The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) claimed that 11 of its personnel were missing.

In Arunachal Pradesh, flash floods resulted in the deaths of three people.

In Assam, thirteen districts are affected, the worst-hit being Tinsukhia. The Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger mark and the Kaziranga and Dibru-Saikhowa national parks are under water.

Nearly 60 relief camps have been set up across the state to cater to the flood victims. This is the fourth time that floods have hit the state this year.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the Army have been called in for rescue operations.

CNN-IBN said that according to the latest reports, nearly 30 km of a highway was washed away and the region between Mangan and Chungthang was said to be affected.

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NDTV: Landslides, heavy rains claim 27 lives in Sikkim, Assam

Landslides triggered by heavy rains claimed 27 lives, including those of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and Border Roads Organisation (BRO) personnel in Sikkim, even as flood situation in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh deteriorated with vast areas reeling under its impact.

Official sources on Sunday said in Gangtok that at least 21 bodies, including those of the ITBP and the BRO personnel, were found while eight persons were missing following flash floods and landslides in remote areas of North Sikkim.

Army and IAF personnel have launched rescue operations in full swing in the badly affected areas.

The dead include four from the ITBP, two of their family members, and 12 junior officers from the BRO. Other victims were casual labourers, they said. Most of the casualties were reported from Rangma range.

Landslides were caused by heavy rains since September 19, Deputy Commissioner North district T W Khangsherpa said, adding there were about nine landslides blocking the main road between Chungthang and Mangan in the district.

Yesterday, another landslide occurred at an area about a kilometre from Mangan, the district headquarter town of North Sikkim, blocking NH 31-A and leaving the northern side of the Himalayan state cut off.

In Assam, flood situation deteriorated with 15 districts reeling under its impact, as large parts of Dibru-Saikhowa and Kaziranga National Parks and Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary submerged. Five deaths have been reported, official sources said in Guwahati.

The surging waters of the swollen rain-fed Brahmaputra and its tributaries overran fresh areas affecting an estimated five lakh people in Dibrugarh, Sonitpur, Tinsukia, Golaghat, Morigaon, Dhemaji, Kamrup (Rural), Lakhimpur, Baksa, Barpeta, Jorhat, Nalbari, Sibsagar and Udalguri districts.

Troops of the Tezpur-headquartered Gajraj Corps swung into action in flood-hit Sonitpur district of central Assam and rescued around 4000 civilians in the past four-five days. The IAF also dropped 2.4 tonnes of relief material.

In Sonitpur district, the Army and National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) were assisting the district administration in rescue and relief operations, pressing into service 10 special boats where road communication has been snapped by the deluge, district Deputy Commissioner Tapan Chandra Sarma.

Tinsukia district administration has airlifted 100 marooned people in waterlogged Sadiya subdivision’s Paanch Mile area and Army helicopters were airdropping food items there.

In the third wave of floods during the current year, two persons, including a woman, were washed away in Dibrugarh district yesterday, one person drowned in Demow river in Dhemaji district and two others in Tinsukia district’s Dhola area on September 13.

Incessant rains in Arunachal Pradesh, Bhutan foothills and in Assam for the last 15 days, have caused the Brahmaputra and its tributaries to rise above the danger level in most places and breach river dykes, embankments and overflow into human habitats and farm land.

Over two lakh people have been affected in the fresh wave of floods in five districts of Arunachal Pradesh with majority of the rivers and tributaries flowing over the danger mark yesterday, official sources said in Itanagar. One person died due to the floods in the state.

At least 39 marooned people, including 12 children, who were stranded between the branches of Lohit river since four days were rescued by Indian Air Force last evening, Lohit Deputy Commissioner R K Sharma said.

Meanwhile, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi has assured Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki that the Centre would soon send a team to take stock of the damage caused by floods in the state.

Mrs Gandhi, during a meeting with the chief minister on Saturday, said the Centre was aware of the worsening flood situation in Arunachal and assured all possible help to repair damage caused by sudden floods.

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