Around 2 lakh people in 20 districts of Assam have been affected by floods, with the hill district of Dima Hasao getting cut off from the rest of the state after landslides snapped rail and road links.
An official bulletin said that at least seven people have died across the state due to the floods and landslides triggered by incessant rains.
Overall, around 1,97,248 people have been affected by the floods and landslides. Disaster management officials said Cachar and Hojai districts are the worst-hit.
To further compound troubles, the weather office has forecast heavy to very heavy downpour in Assam over the next three days.
Embankments have been breached at 16 locations in different districts in the last 24 hours. Roads, bridges and houses have been completed or partially damaged in several areas.
Videos shared on social media showed an old bridge crumbling and being washed away by a raging swell of floodwaters in the Dima Hasao district. Other visuals showed Haflong station in the district completely inundated due to heavy rains and mudslide.
North East region needs urgent attention. Heavy downpours swept away old bridge-Assam’s Dima Hasao district (earlier North Cachar Hills dist) & @IMDWeather has issued Orange alert for #Assam @himantabiswa @IndiaToday pic.twitter.com/jdPjioftH9— rahul shrivastava (@Rahulshrivstv) May 17, 2022