A video of Assam MLA Mrinal Saikia inside waist-deep water to rescue people in flood-ravaged Khumtai, some 264 km from capital Guwahati, is going viral on social media. In a widely circulated video he can be seen rescuing people from heavily inundated area in his constituency. Floods are wreaking havoc in Assam.
Floods in Assam have affected over 13 lakh people across 2,015 villages in 24 districts till now.
“Flood is creating havoc in my constituency..we have been rescuing stranded people from interior places… Livestocks are very important for village economy. Today, I’m happy to save hundreds of stranded goats from many places,” Mr Saikia tweeted.
During the coronavirus lockdown, he had driven migrants from quarantine centres to their homes in Golaghat district since they did not have enough money to hire private vehicles.
On Sunday, flood and landslides in Assam claimed 70 people’s lives with 44 having been killed in incidents related to the deluge and 26 dying in landslides.
Dhemaji in Upper Assam and Barpeta in Lower Assam are the worst-hit as the water levels in Brahmaputra and its tributaries rose because of incessant rainfall since last one week.
Several embankments were breached, and roads and bridges were damaged as a result of rising floodwaters, according to reports.
After the swelling waters of the Brahmaputra and its tributaries gushed into the Kaziranga National Park, tigers and other animals were forced to flee to human habitats and highlands for survival.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal visited Jonai in Dhemaji district to review the flood situation there.