/ Assam hit by worst floods in 8 years. The Assam government on Thursday declared the current floods in the state as the worst since 2004. So far 23 people have died in the calamity even as the army, IAF and the National Disaster Response Force of BSF have been pressed into service for rescue and relief operations. Government spokesman and agriculture minister Nilamoni Sen Deka said, "The government is making all necessary efforts to help the affected people. This is the worst flood since 2004. The water level of the Brahmaputra and all its tributaries is rising abnormally. Barpeta and Nalbari districts were the first to be hit. So far, 21 districts have been hit. Altogether 1,747 villages have been completely inundated." /
/ Floods kill 27, displace 900,000 in north-east India. At least 27 people have died and 900,000 others have been forced to leave their homes as monsoon rains swamp wide areas of the north-eastern Indian state of Assam, officials said on Thursday. A state government spokesman said 21 of Assam's 27 districts were hit by flash floods which began last weekend as the rains lashed the tea and oil-rich Indian state. He also said the Brahmaputra river was overflowing its banks in many places. /
/ Assam flood scene grim, toll rises to 30. The overall flood situation in Assam further worsened today as fresh areas came under water with the death toll rising to 30 and many others went missing in a boat capsize in Goalpara district. /
/ Flash flood in Manipur, thousands affected. A flash flood triggered by incessant rains for the past several days has caused havoc in lives of thousands of villagers, inundated several villages and washed away 40 houses at Jiribam in Imphal East district. /
/ Assam flood: 1 mn affected; toll at 31. Over one million people have been affected in flood in Assam and new areas coming under water as 21 out of 27 districts have been affected following the week-long torrential rains. The death toll has risen to 31, officials said on Friday. /
/ Flood situation remains grim in Arunachal Pradesh. The flood situation in Arunachal Pradesh remained grim on Friday, though the water level of most of the major rivers are showing a receding trend as over a hundred villages across the state lay submerged by the flood waters. /
/ Landslides, floods kill 106 in Bangladesh. Searchers pulled out 15 bodies buried under mud, rocks and debris today, raising this week's death toll to 106 from landslides and floods caused by heavy monsoon rains in southern Bangladesh. /
/ Two lost their lifes as floods hit Lagos. Tragedy struck in the New Garage area, Bariga, Lagos on Thursday as the torrential rains in thecity brought down a section of a building and its walls, killing one person and injuring another. /
Flood situation remains grim in Arunachal Pradesh
ITANAGAR: The flood situation in Arunachal Pradesh remained grim on Friday, though the water level of most of the major rivers are showing a receding trend as over a hundred villages across the state lay submerged by the flood waters.
An Indian Air Force chopper rescued 185 marooned villagers from Bijoypur I and III villages in Changlang district on Thursday, official sources said.
The worst-affected districts are Changlang, Lohit, Dibang Valley and East Siang.
The sources said that Changlang district deputy commissioner Opak Gao was monitoring the relief and rescue operation in Bordumsa and Bijoypur areas.
Assistant deputy commissioner K Riba said that the Noa Dehing river had started to recede gradually.
"A medical team has been positioned round the clock in the relief camp to look after the sick with sufficient medicines", he said.
The Dharmapur area of Kharsang circle remained cut off from the rest of the world with reports of extensive damages to flood control structures, he said.
A report from Tuting in Upper Siang district said that incessant rain in the past several days had triggered flash floods and landslides at many places as surface communication between Migging and Gelling village stayed completely cut off.
The torrential rains have caused extensive damage to Sipo and Sikut hydel projects and affected water supply in the district.
Surface communication with Itanagar city was also disrupted following breach of a portion of the NH 52-A at Karsingsa following erosion by the turbulent Dikrong river.
Traffic to and fro Itanagar has been diverted to the Nirjuli-Doimukh-Gumto-Harmuti route and it would take several days to restore the road, PWD (Highway) chief engineer Bora Ete informed.
Assam flood: 1 mn affected; toll at 31
Guwahati, June 29 (IBNS) : Over one million people have been affected in flood in Assam and new areas coming under water as 21 out of 27 districts have been affected following the week-long torrential rains.
The death toll has risen to 31, officials said on Friday.
On Thursday, at least six people, including a child, died and 30 people were still missing in flood waters.
The flood situation in the state continues to remain grim.
“The situation in Dibrugarh, Sivsagar, Jorhat, Golaghat, Nagaon, Morigaon, Kamrup, Barpeta, nalbari, Sonitpur, Bongaigaon, Cachar, Karimganj, Hailakandi, Udalguri district worsened on Friday,” said an official of the Assam government.
State agriculture minister and government spokesman Nilamoni Sen Deka said the current flood is the biggest since 1998.
The Brahmaputra and Barak river and their tributaries flashed away new areas in the state as thousands family were forced to leave their homes.
The Brahmaputra river breached embankment at Rupahi area in Nagaon district on Thursday night and flashed away at least 15 villages.
The Asia’s largest river island Majuli is still cut off from the rest of the world.
“About 85% of the island has been affected,” an official of the state government said.
Over one lakh people of the island were hit by floods.
“The NDRF team had worked in the rescue operations and thousands of people had been rescued,” an official of Jorhat district said.
The district administration had already opened over 150 relief camps.
Meanwhile, the Army and Indian Air Force (IAF) with helicopter are engaged in rescue operations.
On the other hand, the flood water submerged most of the areas in the Kaziranga National Park, Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, Dibru-Saikhowa National Park.
In Kaziranga, animals including one-horned rhino, deer, elephant, wild buffalo, were moved to high lands of the nearest areas in Karbi Anglong district and made to cross the NH-37.
The park authorities said they had been taken all possible safety measures for the animals.
“We had introduced ‘time card’ at the NH-37 for reducing the speed limit of vehicles,” an official of Karziranga National Park said.
Floods kill 27, displace 900,000 in north-east India
GUWAHATI, India (AFP) - At least 27 people have died and 900,000 others have been forced to leave their homes as monsoon rains swamp wide areas of the north-eastern Indian state of Assam, officials said on Thursday.
A state government spokesman said 21 of Assam's 27 districts were hit by flash floods which began last weekend as the rains lashed the tea and oil-rich Indian state.
'So far, 27 people have died in separate incidents including five who were killed when their boat sank,' Assam Agriculture Minister Nilamoni Sen Deka told AFP in Guwahati, the state's largest city.
He also said the Brahmaputra river was overflowing its banks in many places.
Assam flood scene grim, toll rises to 30
Guwahati: The overall flood situation in Assam further worsened today as fresh areas came under water with the death toll rising to 30 and many others went missing in a boat capsize in Goalpara district.
Official sources said the country boat was carrying about 100 passengers from Kothalbari to Sutarpara through a swollen water pond when it capsized. Some passengers swam to safety while bodies of four persons were fished out.
The Goalpara administration has ordered a probe into the incident but some passengers are still missing.
Meanwhile, incessant rains continued to lash many parts of the state resulting in alarming rise of water level of the Brahmaputra river in 23 of the 27 districts.
The flood scene was critical in Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Nalbari, Barpeta and Dhubri districts where water has engulfed fresh areas of human habitation and cropland.
More than five lakh people have been affected in this wave of the floods which have threatened the existence of Majuli, the world's largest inhabited river island. The situation in the island was unchanged even as there was no fresh rainfall.
The Kaziranga National Park, a world heritage site, and Pabitora sanctuary, both housing the highly endangered one horned rhino, are under flood waters.
Flash flood in Manipur, thousands affected
A flash flood triggered by incessant rains for the past several days has caused havoc in lives of thousands of villagers, inundated several villages and washed away 40 houses at Jiribam in Imphal East district.
Official sources have said that as the rains have stopped and weather has cleared, the water level water level of different rivers in the district have started receding.
According to Jiribam police, four people were still missing. Among them is a 27-year-old man who was swept away by the overflowing Jiri river in Jiribam, which borders Assam, after saving his uncle from drowning in the flood waters yesterday. The body is yet to be recovered.
The flash flood inundated the Jiribam market and several villages including Sanathong, Ningthembam, Patchao besides washing away 40 houses at Khusoithok nearby Jiribam town.
The flood affected victims have been provided shelter in different relief camps, the sources said adding more than 1,300 people were kept at the Jiribam Junior High School.
Reports from Jiribam said authorities have started surveying to assess the damage and affected people to provide government assistance.
Reports from other districts said major rivers including Jiri, Imphal and Iril have started receding fast as rains stopped today and the weather brightened in the valley districts.
Imphal river, which was flowing near the danger level yesterday, started receding fast and state Irrigation Minister Ngamthang Haokip ordered the opening of Ithai barrage to allow the water to flow into Loktak lake.
Assam hit by worst floods in 8 years
GUWAHATI: The Assam government on Thursday declared the current floods in the state as the worst since 2004. So far 23 people have died in the calamity even as the army, IAF and the National Disaster Response Force of BSF have been pressed into service for rescue and relief operations.
Government spokesman and agriculture minister Nilamoni Sen Deka said, "The government is making all necessary efforts to help the affected people. This is the worst flood since 2004. The water level of the Brahmaputra and all its tributaries is rising abnormally. Barpeta and Nalbari districts were the first to be hit. So far, 21 districts have been hit. Altogether 1,747 villages have been completely inundated."
The river island of Majuli has been hit the hardest after the main protection dyke was breached on Wednesday.
Defence spokesman Lt-Col SS Phogat said troops of Red Horns Division have been mobilized to carry out rescue and relief operations in Baksa, Barpeta and Nalbari districts. "A large number of villages in these three districts have been affected due to incessant rain over the three days. Six army columns, comprising 200 army personnel with flood relief equipment, are carrying out rescue operation under the supervision of Brigadier Beant Parmar, commander, Hamesha Aaage Brigade."
The defence spokesman said so far about 70 civilians have been rescued from the villages of Bherberi, Garbhitar, Dhulabari and Balitara and taken to safer places. The army columns are also assisting the civil administration in carrying distributing relief material like food, water and medicine to marooned villages.
The IAF helicopter units and transport aircraft fleet under the Eastern Air Command have been engaged to carry out relief work. The two Mi-17 units based in Mohanbari are on standby for mercy missions. Four AN-32 tactical transport aircraft from Jorhat airbase airlifted 140 NDRF personnel from Kolkata and 14 tons of relief material to Guwahati and Jorhat.
The Eastern Air Command has also set up a disaster management centre hub in its headquarters in Upper Shillong to effectively monitor relief activities in the region.
Deep divers of NDRF, along with life-saving equipment like inflatable boats, huge quantity of life jackets and life buoys have so far evacuated 2,472 marooned people to safer places. A BSF spokesman said the NDRF teams, so far, have distributed about 350 quintals of relief materials, including life-saving medicines, among flood affected victims of Guijan, Boragaon, Barakuri, Hathibat, Bajni, Sisnni, Laopani, Gulzar Basti, Kherbari and Nutangaon in Tinsukia district.
Apart from Tinsukia, NDRF teams have been deployed in Dhemaji, North Lakhimpur, Sonitpur, Sivasagar, Rangia, Nagaon and Majuli.
Raging floods sweep more than 2,000 villages in northeast India, kill at least 27 people
GAUHATI, India - Raging floodwaters fed by monsoon rains have inundated more than 2,000 villages in northeast India, sweeping away homes and leaving hundreds of thousands of people marooned Friday. At least 27 people were killed, but the toll was expected to rise.
The Indian air force was delivering food packages to people huddled on patches of dry land along with cattle and wild elephants. Rescuers were dropped by helicopter into affected areas to help the stranded, but pouring rain was complicating operations.
About 1 million people have had to evacuate their homes as the floods from the swollen Brahmaputra River — one of Asia's largest — swamped 2,084 villages across most of Assam state, officials said.
Assam's flooded capital of Gauhati was hit by mudslides that buried three people. Many of the city's 2 million residents were negotiating the submerged streets in rubber dinghies and small wooden boats. Most businesses were closed.
Officials have counted 27 people dead so far, but the toll is expected to be much higher as unconfirmed casualty reports mount. Many of the victims so far have drowned, including five people whose boat capsized amid choppy waves.
Telephone lines were knocked out and some train services were cancelled after their tracks were swamped by mud. As the floods soaked the Kaziranga game reserve east of Gauhati, motorists reported seeing a one-horned rhino fleeing along a busy highway.
"We never thought the situation would turn this grim when the monsoon-fed rivers swelled a week ago," said Nilomoni Sen Deka, an Assam government minister.
Residents of Majuli — an 800-square-kilometre (310-square-mile) island in the middle of the Brahmaputra River — watched helplessly as the swirling, grey waters swallowed 50 villages and swept away their homes.
"We are left with only the clothes we are wearing," said 60-year-old Puniram Hazarika, one of about 75,000 island residents now camping in makeshift shelters of bamboo sticks and plastic tarps on top of a mud embankment soaked by rain.
Ratna Payeng, who was sheltering with her three small children in the camps, said she was praying for the rains to stop.
"If they don't, our land will become unfit for cultivation and everything will be lost," Payeng said.
Nearby, a herd of 70 endangered Asiatic elephants, which usually avoid humans, were grouped together, Majuli island wildlife official Atul Das said. "The jumbos have not caused any harm, but we are keeping a close watch," he said.
In neighbouring Nepal, landslides also triggered by monsoon rains killed at least eight people Thursday night and left two others missing.
Landslides, floods kill 106 in Bangladesh
DHAKA - Searchers pulled out 15 bodies buried under mud, rocks and debris today, raising this week's death toll to 106 from landslides and floods caused by heavy monsoon rains in southern Bangladesh.
Officials said the landslides occurred mainly in remote villages with poor roads, making rescue work more difficult.
At least 41 died in Cox's Bazar, 41 in neighbouring Bandarban and another 24 in Chittagong, mostly in a series of landslides, the Disaster Management Ministry said. It said soldiers joined the search for the missing in all three areas and found 15 more bodies buried in debris today.
About 500 houses were washed away. Officials said more people may be missing, but they did not know how many.
Three days of torrential rain in the region of small hills and forests dislodged huge chunks of earth, which buried flimsy huts where families were sleeping late Tuesday and early yesterday. Many of the dead were women and children, officials said.
In Bandarban, 11-year-old Rafiqul Islam was the only member of his family to survive because he was away when mud buried his hut. His parents and three siblings died.
"I could survive because I was visiting a relative," the boy told The Associated Press. "The rain had kept me from returning home."
Monsoon floods are common in Bangladesh, a delta nation of 160 million people. Many homeless people live at the foot of the hills or close to them, despite warnings from authorities.
Volunteers using loudspeakers warned people about the danger of landslides during the rains, said Mr Jaynul Bari, a government administrator in Cox's Bazar. The floods inundated dozens of villages and were disrupting communications in the region.
Flood waters covered many roads and washed away a railway bridge, snapping road and rail links between Dhaka and the three districts. An airport in Chittagong was closed after floodwaters swamped its runway, but reopened Wednesday after the rains stopped, officials said.
The government said relief workers were distributing rice and water to hundreds of displaced people. A
Gov. Rick Scott visits flood-stricken Live Oak
LIVE OAK, Fla. (AP) -- Florida Gov. Rick Scott says he has deep sympathy for victims of massive flooding in Live Oak.
Scott visited the north Florida city on Thursday. It was pelted by rain from Tropical Storm Debby for four days through Tuesday.
The governor told some victims and Suwanee County officials about his experience with Missouri River flooding as a youth in Kansas City, Mo.
Scott spent more than an hour at the county's emergency operations center getting briefed on Live Oak's worst flooding since Hurricane Dora in 1964.
Eighty-five people spent the previous night in a Live Oak shelter. Scores of homes and vehicles remained flooded and unusable Thursday.
Scott and state disaster chief Bryan Koon then headed for Pasco County just north of Tampa to survey storm damage there.
Debby floods neighborhoods in northern Fla.
SOPCHOPPY, Fla. (AP) — Debby destroyed homes and businesses, washed away roads and flooded neighborhoods in Florida before the once-large tropical storm drifted out to sea Wednesday, leaving behind a sopping mess.
At least three people were killed in the storm. More than 100 homes and businesses were flooded and officials warned that the waters may not recede until next week in some places. The storm knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of customers, though most had electricity restored by the time Debby left the state.
The tropical storm formed in the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday and gradually made its way across the Florida, drenching the state for several days before it weakened to a depression. The windy, rainy weather ruined vacations for some.
In Live Oak, a small city in northern Florida between Tallahassee and Jacksonville, water was up to the roofs of some homes and cars were submerged. In other places, residents stood in several feet of water as they checked out the damage to their homes.
"The water came in so fast last night," resident Johnny Torres said. "We were lucky to get out what we could."
In Crawfordville, a small town located in the crook of Florida's elbow just south of Tallahassee, main roads were impassable.
"There's more water than anybody, no matter how old they are, has ever remembered seeing," Wakulla County Commission Chairman Alan Brock said. "It's not just people on the river, it's neighborhoods, it's places that have never been flooded."
Even though Debby lost its strength, emergency management officials said they expect the aftermath to continue causing problems with swollen lakes and rivers, along with record rainfall.
"It's not over. We've got a long way to go," said Brian Koon, the director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management. "We'll be dealing with flooding for the next week."
Several of the state's rivers in the north reached historic levels, Koon said. The Sopchoppy River along the Panhandle reached its peak Wednesday at 36.1 feet. Before the storm, it was 8 feet.
Don Shemwell was in his summer home along the river, which dumps into the Gulf. He had not left since Sunday because the only road leading to it was under more than 1 foot of water. At one point, the water surrounded his house, but it never actually entered the home.
"I was convinced we were going to lose everything," Shemwell said. "There's a lady who has lived her for 34 years, and she's never seen anything close to this. I mean, how often does some place get 30 inches of rain in 48 hours?"
More than 200 people stayed in shelters across the state Tuesday evening, and 13 shelters remained open Wednesday.
Koon's department and FEMA will begin the formal damage assessment process on Friday. There was no immediate cost estimate for the damage.
The storm dumped about 10 inches of rain on Tampa and more than 15 inches on the small, nearby city of Brooksville. Cities in the state's north fared worse: In Wakulla County — home to Crawfordville — 26 inches of rain fell over a 72-hour period, according to the National Weather Service.
State emergency officials said Wednesday that flood warnings were in effect for several north and west-central Florida rivers and about a half-dozen counties. Parts of the Upper Suwannee and Upper Santa Fe rivers are expected to crest between Friday and Saturday, and some areas will face possible flooding into next week. About 20 state parks and tourist sites remained closed Wednesday.
Authorities on Wednesday confirmed another storm-related death near St. Petersburg.
Armando Perez, 71, was found dead in flood waters outside of his Indian Rocks Beach home, the Pinellas County sheriff's office said. Perez had a heart attack and officials said he likely couldn't get help.
Over the weekend, a woman died in a tornado in Florida after she was thrown while clutching her baby, who survived, and a South Carolina man disappeared in the rough surf off the Gulf coast of Alabama.
In the Tampa Bay area, clouds gave way to spotty sunshine Wednesday and the water that had flooded some roads began to evaporate. City workers in Tampa carted felled trees and raked debris off Bayshore Boulevard, a 4.5-mile stretch that hugs Tampa Bay. It had been largely underwater and closed for days.
The Salvation Army handed out 1,000 personal hygiene kits to residents in three counties and would bring a mobile shower unit to people displaced by the floods in the Lake City area.
Along the state's beach communities, other worries emerged.
In Manatee County, nearly 200 endangered sea turtles lost their nests, while in Pinellas County, entire colonies of nesting seabirds were wiped out.
"I've never seen anything this bad here in this area," said Barb Walker of the Clearwater Audubon Society.
Walker added that some eagle nests were also destroyed and more than a dozen baby deer were separated from their mothers during the storm — but most of the babies were reunited with their herds.
There is some hope for the sea turtle population, said Suzi Fox, the director of Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring.
Although she estimated that some 180 nests in the county were destroyed, she saw 11 new nests on Wednesday morning. The turtles have six weeks of nesting season left.
"It's a gorgeous day. The waves have died down, the sun is out and the beach is flat," she said. "We have 11 nests laid on our beach as of last night and we're so excited. That's very encouraging."
Two lost their lifes as floods hit Lagos
Tragedy struck in the New Garage area, Bariga, Lagos on Thursday as the torrential rains in thecity brought down a section of a building and its walls, killing one person and injuring another.
The wall of one of the buildings on No. 38/40 Shogbamu Street, New Garage, Bariga Local Council Development Area, Lagos and its fence collapsed into an adjoining building on No. 2, Community Street.
The debris from the two collapsed structures fell onto the adjoining storey building and killed a 22-year-old son of the landlord, Hammed Shotuminu.
It was learnt that Shotuminu, a carpenter, who was sleeping alongside his friend, Biola Adesanya, on the same bed died on the spot when the collapsing structures fell on him. Adesanya, however, escaped with head and arm injuries.
It was learnt that Adesanya, who barely escape from the collapsed debris contacted Shotuminu’s father to inform him about the incident.
A neighbour, Bisi Odubanjo, told our correspondence that the incident occured at about 1.15am.
Odubanjo said, “At about 1.15am, Hammed’s father, Alhaji Olusoji, raised the alarm that we should help rescue his son. We rushed to his apartment but unfortunately he was completely buried under the debris. It was only his leg that was visible.
“It took time before he could be removed from the debris and by the time he was removed, he was found dead.”
An occupant of the building, Gbenga Durojaiye, said he would have been a victim of the incident if he had not attended an all-night prayer.
Durojaiye said, “I stay upstairs and my room was affected. The collapsed wall fell onto our bed and our kitchen. I thank God that I heeded my wife’s call to attend our church’s vigil in Ebute Meta. Maybe we would have been dead by now.
“My eight months old pregnant sister, Bosede, who slept in the sitting room when the incident happened, is presently in shock and has been put on bed rest because of this incident.”
Shotuminu’s elder brother, Shamsudeen, blamed his brother’s death on the lackadaisical attitude of the landlord of the building.
He said, “That compound consists of about four buildings and as big as it is, there is no drainage channel. All flood waters are directed towards this fence that we both share.
“The same incident happened some 27 years ago when a wall that was built in that same location collapsed because there was no channel that flood waters would pass through.My father sued the owner of the house then but later withdrew the case for peace to prevail.”
Meanwhile, the Bariga LCDA and the Lagos State Emergency Management Authority have sealed off the building.
The Head of Operations, LASEMA, Mr. Olusegun Magnus-Davies, said the occupants of the compound were asked to move order to ensure their safety.
He said, “The collapsed building is no longer fit for habitation and besides all other houses in this compound would be subjected to stability tests. Residents of this compound were asked to move to pave way for the necessary tests that would show if the other buildings are still habitable.”
Meanwhile, a 17-year-old boy, Abraham, was on Thursday feared killed as he was carried away by flood waters in Mafoluku area of Oshodi.
Our correspondent learnt that Abraham was drowned at about 6.30am when he was salvaging some planks he had gathered beside Sadiku canal in the area.
He was said to have slipped into the river when he attempted to pick a plank that was about to be washed away by the flood water.
A resident of the area who was simply identified as Lara, said Abraham, who was an apprentice tailor, gathered the planks on Wednesday in order to sell them off on Thursday.
She said, “He struggled with the flood waters and raised his hands. I also tried to save him but I missed his hands.”
When our correspondent visited the area, the two search parties were unable to find Abraham’s body.
The flood waters also sacked Sadiku, Fadeyi and Church streets in the Mafoluku area of the state.
A resident of 1, Fadeyi Street, Helen Nwosu said her food stuffs, electrical appliances and other personal belongings were damaged by the floods which sacked their building around 1.am.
“We now live like refugees government should come to our aid and find a lasting solution to the problem of flooding in our area,” she said.