new Delhi: Floods in Assam and Bihar on Thursday made the situation worse. At the same time, UNICEF has said that 24 lakh children have been affected all over the country and they need immediate help. Four more people died in flood-related incidents in Assam. Due to heavy rains in the catchment area in a few days, many rivers including Teesta, Kaljani and Mansai are in spate in North Bengal. Because of this, people living in low-lying areas had to go to safe places.
However, the Meteorological Department said that Delhi received 50 percent more rainfall than the average in July. According to meteorological department data, Safdarjung Observatory, Delhi has received 225 mm of rain so far in July, which is fifty percent more than the normal rainfall of 149.8 millimeters. Four more people died due to floods in Assam. In 26 out of 33 districts of the state, 28.32 lakh people are affected by the floods. The death toll in the state has risen to 93.
Brahmaputra river flowing above danger mark
Governor Jagdish Mukhi visited the flood affected areas and said that he would request the Center to find a permanent solution to the problem. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal also visited the affected area in Darang and Kamrup districts. The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said in a bulletin on Thursday that one person died in Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Morigaon and Golaghat districts. The ASDMA said that till Wednesday, more than 26 lakh people in 26 districts were affected by the floods. The Brahmaputra river is flowing above the danger mark in Dibrugarh, Dhubri and Goalpara.
The situation has worsened in Bihar also due to floods. 7.65 lakh people have been affected by the floods in the state. However, no death has been reported. West Champaran, East Champaran, Sitamarhi, Shivhar, Supaul, Kishanganj, Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur, Khagaria and Gopalganj districts are affected by floods due to heavy rains in the catchment areas along the border with Nepal. 13 teams of NDRF and eight teams of SDRF are engaged in rescue operations. Under this, 36,448 people were evacuated to safer places.
More than 24 lakh children affected by floods in the country – UNICEF
However, UNICEF estimates that more than 2.4 million children have been affected by the recent floods in the country. UNICEF said in a statement, “Six million people have been affected by floods in India, including 2.4 million children in Bihar, Assam, Odisha, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.” It is said that immediate help, more resources and new programs are needed to solve the challenges faced by children in these areas.
The meteorological department said in a tweet at 2 pm that it is likely to rain in the next 12 hours in South Bihar, Jharkhand, Vidarbha, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka and Telangana. The department said that in West Bengal, Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Jalpaiguri, Alipurduar and Cooch Behar are expected to receive heavy rains till 28 July. In Pithoragarh in Uttarakhand, 53 families of Dhapa village were shifted to safe places due to torrential rains for the last few days. The number of dead has increased to 12 in the incident of cloudburst in Bangapani subdivision of the district. Two more dead bodies were removed from the village of Tanga.