By- Correspondent | Date- August 19, 2011
Year after year, the issue of flood in Assam is discussed in political talks revolving around the problems of the state. The central Government has agreed few years ago to Assam’s sorrow as a National Problem after being compelled by the All Assam Students Union (AASU) to do so with years of demand and protest. Yet Assam’s tears continue. The flood season in Assam is on its peak and over three and half lakhs people are affected.
Continuous rainfall during the last few weeks in Assam has led to a serious threat with floods. Villages in six districts have been hit and North Lakhimpur and Dhemaji have been worst affected with all rivers flowing much above danger levels.
Over three and half lakh affected and led homeless by floods in 6 districts
In North Lakhimpur alone, more than 65,000 people have been said to have been affected by flood in different villages. This is the official figure and as it is being believed that the number would be much more. The number of people affected in Dhemaji and other districts together has brought the number of flood hit people in the state to over three and half lakhs. So far seven deaths have been reported.
293 out of 423 earthen banks on Assam Rivers crossed expiry period!
As many as 293 out of 423 embankments on Assam Rivers to prevent floods have been reported to have crossed their expiry period. This means that these banks can break down anytime under pressure of the water currents, bringing a threat to millions of people living in the state.
The flood situation in Assam is expected to grow more threatening and grim if timely relief and rescue operations are not done.. Relief and rescue operations are the need of the hour from both the Government and civil societies.