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Sep 23, 2012 at 08:48am IST

Assam: Fresh floods inundate villages, more than 7 lakh affected

New Delhi: Assam is submerged yet again, the fourth time this monsoon. The Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger mark and more than seven lakh people are said to be affected in the heavy and incessant rainfall over the past few days.

The districts of Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Jorhat, Nagaon, Kamrup and Barpeta remain the worst hit. Sources say that amongst the freshly inundated areas are the Majuli island and the Sibsagar district. The Kaziranga National Park too is said to be under water.

While the state government gave evacuation orders and announced relief measures on Saturday, people say they are yet to receive anything.

"We are suffering from heavy losses. If we don't get help, what will we eat? How will our children go to school? We are dependent on farming," said a resident of Dhemaji.

There have been no reports of casualties so far.

Although the rescue operations are on, sources say that heavy rains are hampering the efforts.

Sikkim hit by landslides, 11 dead

Heavy rains triggered massive landslides in Sikkim on Sunday, resulting in the deaths of three civilians and one General Reserve Engineer Force (GREF) personnel, the state government said. The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) said that seven of its workers had died in the landslides and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) claimed that 11 of its personnel were missing.

The entire north Sikkim is said to be cut off from the rest of the state. Eight houses and one building were washed away in the landslides there.

At the Teesta Hydel Project Site, a labour camp was swept away. Bridges and roads collapsed beyond Mangan and a family was said to be missing.

The BRO said that it will take at least a month to restore road connectivity to the north.