GUWAHATI, Aug 21 - Eight persons died and over six lakh people hit by the floods in Assam, where the rising Brahmaputra river and its tributaries have flooded 19 districts prompting the Army to launch relief operations.
The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said one person died due to the flood at No 1 Kawadi village under Bijni revenue circle in Chirang district and two others in Dotoma revenue circle in Kokrajhar district.
Two persons have died in Lakhimpur and one each in Bongaigaon, Baksa and Sonitpur districts, the ASDMA said in a press release today.
Over 1.23 lakh people have been displaced by the flood, forcing them to take shelter in 177 relief camps set up by the administration, the release added.
Incessant rains in the upper catchment areas of Arunachal Pradesh and Bhutan have caused the water level of Brahmaputra and its tributaries flowing through Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Sivasagar, Nalbari, Goalpara, Morigaon, Dhubri, Kamrup, Golaghat, Darrang, Nagaon, Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon, Chirang, Barpeta, Jorhat, Baska and Sonitpur districts to rise alarmingly, a report from the Water Resources Department said.
Flood waters have inundated 27 anti-poaching camps inside Kaziranga National Park and damaged a bridge and a culvert at Burapahar Range, the Forest Department reported.
The Red Horn Division of the Army has since yesterday deployed two columns, consisting of an officer, two junior commissioned officers and 35 of other ranks along with boats, life jackets and other flood relief materials in Kokrajhar and Chirang districts, said a Defence spokesman.
Army swung into action as the waters of Saralbhanga river in Kokrajhar and other major tributaries of Brahmaputra in Chirang rose, displacing many villagers. They rescued many villagers from inundated areas and provided food and medical assistance to them, an Army spokesman said. � PTI