INDIA: The death toll from floods and landslides in Assam over the past 24 hours has risen to 108, including as many as two children. To now, rescuers have transferred 2,84,875 individuals to 1,395 relief sites.
However, the number of people affected by the current flood wave has decreased from Wednesday’s 54.50 lakh in 32 districts to 45.34 lakh in 30 districts, according to a statement from the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA).
The seven further deaths, two each from Cachar and Barpeta, as well as one from each of the districts of Bajali, Dhubri, and Tamulpur, were recorded throughout the day, bringing the total number of fatalities from mid-May to 108.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter and wrote, “Over the last few days, parts of Assam have witnessed flooding due to heavy rainfall. The Central Government is continuously monitoring the situation in Assam and is working closely with the State Government to provide all possible assistance to overcome this challenge.”
He also said, “Army and NDRF teams are present in the flood-affected areas. They are conducting evacuation operations and assisting those who are affected. The Air Force has conducted over 250 sorties as a part of the evacuation process.”
The summer break for students has been preponed by a week by the state’s education department.
The holiday will now begin on June 25 and end on July 25, as opposed to July 1 to July 31, according to a statement from Education Department Secretary Bharat Bhushan Dev Choudhury.
All elementary, secondary, senior secondary, and upper secondary schools in the state, he claimed, had the vacation rescheduled.
“A significant number of schools are also impacted and destroyed as a result of flooding, forcing the closure of schools and subsequent academic loss,” Choudhury said.