Flooded Assam Celebrates Independence Day With Pride

91 killed, 9.6 million people affected by floods in eastern India

Out of them, 2.13 lakh were put up in 504 relief camps in different places while 1,112 community kitchens are feeding 3.19 lakh flood victims, he said. They started to launch food and medicine packages in the areas where it is impossible to go by road due to floods, he pointed out.

Waters of the Brahmaputra river were flowing above the danger mark at Guwahati, Nimatighat in Jorhat, Tezpur in Sonitpur, Goalpara and Dhubri towns.

Flooding has also killed at least 15 people in the northeastern state of Assam.

The State Chief Secretary held a video conference with deputy commissioners of the affected districts this evening to review the flood situation.

People commute on rafts at a flood-hit village near Balurghat in South Dinajpur district of West Bengal on Thursday.

Sonowal called Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla to discuss the alleged harassment faced by the traders from Assam in Lunglei district of the neighbouring state. Dhemaji district in upper Assam is the worst-hit where almost one lakh people were affected.

The Army's flood relief columns are involved in relief and rescue operations in Purabheti and Jaklabandha. "The CM would also request the PM to constitute an inter-ministerial team headed by a cabinet minister to visit flood-ravaged Assam and assess the post-flood impact and loss in terms of lives and properties". According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) in Guwahati, the toll in flood-related incidents this year now stands at 112.

Most of the forest areas in the Kaziranga National Park, Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary and Lawkhua Wildlife Sanctuary were under the flood waters, they said.

All trains to the Northeast from rest of the country have been cancelled till August 20 after rail tracks were damaged due to floods in Assam, West Bengal and Bihar, officials said.

Reports said flood waters have submerged NH-104 in Sitamarhi, NH-31 in Kishanganj and NH-327 in Araria.

In Uttar Pradesh, where more than 70 children died in a government hospital in Gorakhpur just days before the Independence Day, madrasas were aksed to send photographs and videos of Independence Day event to district minority welfare officers.

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