4 lakh people affected in Assam floods, 8 dead

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In flood-hit Assam, over four lakh people are affected due to floods and landslides in 26 districts while 8 persons lost their lives, media reports said.

About 40 thousand people are shifted to temporary relief camps.

Dima Hasao, Hojai, and Barak valley are the worst affected areas.

Chief Secretary Jishnu Baruah held a review meeting with senior officials in Guwahati mostly on the prevailing flood situations at Dima Hasao, Hojai, and Barak valley.

The meeting asked National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to restore highway connectivity between Guwahati to Haflong.

The Chief Secretary also asked Deputy Commissioners of affected districts to ensure availability of essential food items.

Surging water hugely damaged roads, river embankments, and croplands.

Meanwhile, Northeast Frontier (NF) Railway said, a massive landslide in over 50 locations spreading all over the Lumding – Badarpur hill section has completely disrupted the rail communication of the hilly states of Tripura, Manipur, Mizoram, and South Assam with the rest of the country since last Saturday.

The railway is working on war footing to restore rail connectivity. Meanwhile, Home Minister Amit Shah has expressed concern about the situation in the wake of heavy rainfall in parts of Assam.

He spoke to Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma to take stock of the situation. In a tweet, Shah said NDRF teams have already been deployed.

He assured all possible help from the central government.

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