Floods distress over 2.2 mln in Assam

NEW DELHI: The incessant rains in India’s northeastern state of Assam has worsened the flood situation there as water has inundated new areas, officials said Tuesday.
According to officials around 2.2 million people were affected in the current wave of flooding in 22 districts. Around 13 rivers and tributaries were flowing above the danger mark. “All the major rivers including the Brahmaputra are in spate. Floodwater has caused major damage to infrastructure including embankments and destroyed crops,” official said. “Nearly 22 lakh people are affected due to surging water in 22 districts.”
45,000 people were shifted to relief camps in the affected areas set up for the affected people, officials said. Reports said 763 villages were completely inundated and over 100,000 hectares of cropland have been submerged.