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N-E flood situation grim, seven more killed in Assam, landslide hits NH-2

| | Guwahati: | in Sunday Pioneer

The flood situation in North-East remained grim on Saturday as torrential rain across the hilly States of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Manipur over the past two weeks has also triggered flash flood and landslides in the region.

Seven more deaths were reported in Assam and nearly 12 lakh people in 24 districts were affected by the deluge.

Two persons lost their lives in Sivasagar and one each at in Morigaon, Bongaigaon, South Salmara, Sonitpur and Jorhat districts in flood related incidents, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said .  With this, the toll in this year's flood related cases has gone up to 59, including eight in Guwahati.

Nearly 12 lakh people are affected at present in Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Sonitpur, Darrang, Nalbari, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Chirang, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South Salmara, Goalpara, Morigaon, Nagaon, Karbi Anglong, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar, Charaideo, Dibrugarh, Karimganj and Cachar districts, the ASDMA said.

“We had provided relief money to the deputy commissioners before the floods this year and we can provide money as sought by them.

Meanwhile, a major portion of the National Highway 2 between Nagaland and Manipur was completely washed away after a landslide occurred near Viswema village in Nagaland's Kohima district, police said.

The landslide occurred in the morning about 200 metres away from Viswema village, a police officer said. Traffic movement came to a standstill following the landslide.

NH 2 happens to be the lifeline of Manipur since all goods vehicles, passenger vehicles and supplies reach the state through this route. The villagers have constructed a temporary footpath after the landslide so that people could cross the affected portion. The villagers also started helping stranded commuters by carrying their baggage from one side to the other.

Efforts were on to repair the road with the help of Border Road Task Force, the police officer said.        

 
 
 

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