Guwahati: The death toll in devastating Assam floods has gone up to 126, with five more deaths due to the floods on Sunday, as more than 25 districts of the state continued to reel under the deluge.
The relief and rescue operations are being carried out at various places.
The Indian Air Force has deployed seven types of fixed and rotary-wing aircraft with the aim to transport 77 tonnes of relief material.
According to the daily bulletin of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), five persons, including four children, drowned at different places in Barpeta, Cachar, Darrang, Karimganj and Morigaon districts during the day.
Besides, two are missing in two districts, it said. The total number of people losing lives in this year’s flood and landslides in the state has now gone up to 126.
The bulletin said over 22,21,500 people were hit due to floods in Bajali, Baksa, Barpeta, Cachar, Chirang, Darrang, Dhemaji, Dhubri, Dibrugarh, Goalpara, Golaghat, Hailakandi, Nalbari, Sonitpur, South Salmara, Tamulpur and Udalguri districts, among others. Barpeta is the worst affected with nearly seven lakh people in distress, followed by Nagaon (5.13 lakh people) and Cachar (over 2.77 lakh people).
For the second time in three days, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma Sunday visited Silchar in Cachar and Hajo in Kamrup and issued instructions to agencies involved in the relief and rescue operations to maximise their reach and ensure help at the earliest. With Silchar town submerged in flood waters for a week, Sarma conceded that the administration has not been able to reach all the marooned people yet.