Assam: IAF rescues flood victims and airdrops food in inaccessible areas | Guwahati News

GUWAHATI/SILCHAR: IAF helicopters continued to airlift stranded people to safety and airdrop food and essentials in inaccessible areas as floods and landslides hit Assam . The death toll rose to 10 as another person died, while the number of those affected crossed the eight lakh mark on Friday.
The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) has said it is considering augmenting disaster response forces from neighboring states to further strengthen the response if the situation becomes more critical . A total of 86,772 people have taken refuge in 343 relief camps.
Although the water level of Barak River trended downward in Silchar on Friday, the flood situation continues to remain grim in the worst affected district of Cachar, forcing the district administration to extend the closure of all educational institutions for an additional 24 hours. .
However, students appearing for the PG medical exam are exempt from this directive and their exam will take place according to schedule, the DC order said.
Meanwhile, the people of the district and the town of Silchar in particular are very much harassed as APDCL has temporarily suspended the power supply to 1350 transformers in the district to prevent accidents due to rising waters. The drinking water supply has also been temporarily cut off in Silchar Municipality Wards 1-5, which are the most affected in Silchar Urban Area by the current wave of flooding.

ASDMA said a total of 269 stranded people were rescued from Dima Hasao district in the past two days with IAF assistance and parachuted into Silchar. In addition, 24 tons of foodstuffs were transported to Dima Hasao district with the help of IAF in the past two days.
A team of ISRO specialists is already carrying out a rapid damage assessment in the worst affected region of Dima Hasao using drones and satellite data to inform later post-disaster needs assessment. “Measures to recover broken communication systems are being taken to establish contact with remote areas of Dima Hasao,” ASDMA said.

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