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Severe Flood washed out over five thousand villages of Assam

  • Annual loss of more than five hundred Crores till now

  • People’s land, house and employment all disappeared

  • Land erosion has become very fast due to heavy rain

  • PM Modi and Amit Shah assured of help

Bhupen Goswami

Guwahati: Severe flood have washed away more than five thousand and actual

number 5635 villages of Assam. In this month of this year, floods and landslides

in Assam killed 112 people and displaced fifty five lakh six thousand six hundred

people. The Brahmaputra and the Barak River have more than 50 tributaries,

which cause flood devastation every year during the monsoon period. Assam is

almost entirely inhabited by river valleys. The geographical area of Assam is

78,438 km, of which 56,194 km is covered by the Brahmaputra valley. With two

hilly districts, the Barak River Valley forms the remaining 22,244 km of the state.

With two rivers, 48 major tributaries and several tributaries flowing into its

valleys, Assam’s river network leaves about 40 per cent of the state’s flood-prone

area. So far, 5635 villages have been lost in Assam due to erosion of the

Brahmaputra. Till date, the Water Resources Department of Assam has not

implemented any long-term measures to tackle the erosion problems of the state.

The department has constructed 4,473 km of new embankments and strengthened

655 km of embankments so far. According to the department, however, the

embankments are usually broken due to edge erosion.

Severe flood damaged A lot of embankments

In view of the serious problem of floods and river cuts, Prime Minister Narendra

Modi spoke to Kaal Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and also assured all

help. Meanwhile, Home Minister Amit Shah assured Assam of all possible help.

Shah said that the Modi government stands firm with the people of Assam. He

spoke to Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today and inquired about the

flood situation. This morning both of them assured by him for all help.

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