North East floods: Over four lakh affected by heavy rain, landslides in Assam, Manipur, Tripura and Mizoram

Torrential rain, landslides and flash floods wreaked havoc in several parts of North East India the past week, claiming 17 lives in Manipur, Assam, Tripura and Mizoram.
More than 36,000 people were rescued from flood-affected regions in Assam and Tripura alone. Erratic power and water supply have also forced many schools and governments offices to remain closed. A number of embankments have caved in at various places, with several rivers flowing above the danger mark.
A flooded locality in Manipal’s Imphal East district. Image Courtesy: Armstrong Chanambam/101ReportersA flooded locality in Manipur’s Imphal East district. Image courtesy: Armstrong Chanambam/101Reporters
At least 55,000 people were displaced in Imphal West alone as the valley remained inundated under floodwaters. The State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) has opened 44 relief camps across the district. “We have provided all necessary commodities in the camps,” said Pravin Singh, district commissioner. “The situation this year has been particularly grim. Around 106 of the total 176 villages in Imphal West are reeling under knee-deep waters. Nearly 12,000 households have been affected.”
Some of the worst-hit areas in the district are Wangoi, Lamphel, Iroishemba, Lamsang, Patsoi and Konthoujam. Singh also said that 100 quintals of rice, 330 quintals of dal and 259 litres of edible oil have been distributed. Efforts are also on to provide mosquito nets, candles and potable drinking water to those affected.Authorities also said that the national highway connecting Manipur with southern Assam’s Barak Valley was cut off after mudslides.At least five people were reported dead and more than 1.5 lakh affected in 350 villages of Biswanath and Karbi Anglong West and the districts of Karbi Anglong East, Golaghat, Karimganj and Hailakandi. The swelling Difolu river has submerged National Highway-37 in Golaghat, disrupting traffic.
With fresh showers in several parts of the state in the past 24 hours, a few more areas of Barak Valley were reported inundated. The situation in Karimganj especially remains grim. According to official sources, six rivers in the valley are flowing precariously above danger levels. According to data from Sunday afternoon, the water level of Longai river was at 23.14 metres, while its danger mark is 22 metres. Similarly, Singla river crossed its danger mark of 17.98 metres to reach 18.16 metres. Kushiara river, which has a danger level of 14.94 metres, was marked at 16.42 metres.”Heavy downpour for the past three days has drowned several villages in the district, particularly in Patharkandi, where we have set up 55 relief camps,” said Dhrubajyoti Deb, additional deputy commissioner of Karimganj. “The SDRF is conductin rescue operations.”Fields flooded in Karimganj in Assam’s Patharkandi constituency. Image Courtesy: Swapnaneel Bhattacharjee/101ReportersFields flooded in Karimganj in Assam’s Patharkandi constituency. Image Courtesy: Swapnaneel Bhattacharjee/101Reporters
Some of the worst-affected areas in Patharkandi are Nayadahar, where a river embankment had caved in recently,