North East Flash floods: 6 dead in Assam,Tripura and Manipur

Guwahati | Around 6 people have died in the last 48 hours in the northeastern states of Manipur and Tripura due to torrential rains and landslides.

According to government reports, four people in Tripura while 2 in Manipur have died due to thunderstorms and landslides in the last two days. The districts of Biswanath, Karbi Anglong East, Karbi Anglong West, Golaghat, Karimganj, and Hailakandi in Assam are worst affected by the flash floods. The Assam State Disaster Management Authority has said that more than thousand people are been affected by these flash floods.

The State government has set up around 10, 700 relief camps sheltering more than 1.5 lakh people. The regional meteorological department has warned of heavy rains for the next 24 hours leading to the situation to get worst.

The Manipur government has declared a holiday for all government offices and educational institutions as most of the residential areas in Imphal are been submerged due to incessant overnight rain. Meanwhile, in Mizoram, Lunglei and Aizwa are the most affected region due to flash floods.

Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb on Thursday spoke to HM Rajnath Singh on flood situation due to heavy rainfall in the state and requested the Centre for immediate assistance from Army for rescue & evacuation operation. He also requested Home Minister to increase the number of NDRF teams in the state.

President Ramnath Kovind also tweeted and prayed for the safety of the people in the Northeastern states, “Thoughts with families, particularly children, in Assam, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura and other parts of our Northeast that have been affected by rains and floods. Urge govt authorities, relief agencies, civil society and citizens to band together and pool efforts.” tweeted President Kovind.

222 villages in Assam have been affected by the floods in Biswanath, Golaghat, Karimganj, Hailakandi and Karbi Anglong districts as of now. 1,48,912 people have been affected by the floods till now, reported local media.

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