By Dr.Pramod Shanker Soni
While rest of the Indian state are still waiting for first drops of rainfall, northeast state is downpour with heavy rains. Many people are missing and around 20 people are diesd so far with hundreds of thousands in makeshift camps.
" Rajib Prakash Barua, a senior Assam State Disaster Management Authority official, told timesviews that Monsoons are still ongoing. There are fresh developments every hourtold. He informed that around 18 people have died since the monsoons started in the northeastern state in April, informed barua in Guwahati. "One person died yesterday, taking the overall death toll in the last week to five. Most people died either because of flooding or electrocution," he added.
Officials further said that people have moved to makeshift camps set up by authorities on higher ground as 395,000 people have so far been affected in 863 villages across Assam's 15 districts.
More storms were predicted for Friday and coming days at Jorhat and Sonitpur,in Guwahati, which are among the worst affected districts in the state.
the authority also informed that they had evacuated 400 students after their school campus was flooded in western Nalbari district, 90 kilometres west of Gauhati on Tuesday,
In neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh state, roads to several districts have been cut off due to the heavy rain and landslides.
Also on Tuesday, an Indian air force helicopter flying food supplies to remote areas went missing in the state in bad weather. Its wreckage was found a day later near the country's border with China.