Assam flood toll up by 10

Guwahati, Aug. 15: Ten more persons have died because of floods in Assam in the past 24 hours.

According to Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), since August 10 (when the latest wave of flood hit the state), 28 persons have lost their lives, including eight in Kokrajhar district, six in Morigaon, three each in Bongaigaon and Dhemaji and one each in Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Darrang, Dhubri, Goalpara, Nagaon, Golaghat and Dibrugarh districts.

A source in ASDMA said the flood situation in Upper Assam has improved marginally today as the water level of the Brahmaputra and its tributaries has started receding.

“The situation in the lower Assam, however, remains unchanged,” the source said.

“Altogether 14,035 people were evacuated from flood-affected areas in Dhubri, Morigaon, Chirang, Nagaon, Bongaigaon, Golaghat, Barpeta, etc,” he said.

Pictures of students and teachers saluting the Tricolour on the occasion of Independence Day, standing in waist-deep water, at schools in Dhubri, Barpeta and Nagaon, have gone viral.

Assam education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma posted five such pictures on his Twitter account.

“Inspiring Spirit of Freedom: Big salute to these bravehearts from Assam, including teachers & students, who defeat adversity to celebrate #IndependenceDayIndia. Bow in gratitude!” Sarma tweeted.

Photos of teachers and students hoisting the Tricolour on the tin roof of their submerged school and saluting the flag standing on a boat are also being circulated on social media.

Passengers affected: Train services between the Northeast and the rest of the country remained disrupted for the fourth consecutive day today. All long-distance trains to and from Guwahati remain cancelled till tomorrow. “No long-distance train between the Northeast and the rest of the country will run tomorrow either. Local trains within the state are on schedule except those on Guwahati-Silghat and Dhubri-Fakiragram routes,” said Nripendra Bhattacharyya, public relations officer of Northeast Frontier Railway.

He said a special train would run between Guwahati and Dalkolha in Bengal from tomorrow to clear the rush.

News Source Telegraph India

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