Eight people have died as a result of flash floods in Guwahati, Assam.
The floods came after almost 24 hours of heavy rainfall. Further heavy rainfall has been forecast for the next 48 hours.
Four of the deaths occurred as a result of landslides, one in Bamunimaidam , the other, where a family of 3 died, was in the Narakasur area. The other four deaths were as a result of electrocution in flood waters. There is also one person still missing after he was dragged away by the raging flood waters of the Bharalu river.
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) is operating 16 boats in order to carry out flood rescues and evacuations. Flooding has affected lclean drinking water supplies and the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) have started to distribute water to affected communities.
Some reports claim more than half of the city is under water, with flood water so high people had to take refuge on roofs of buildings. The Assam Tribune says that:
The floodwaters inundated both the Assembly Secretariat and the Old MLA Hostel complexes of the State. Some places of Senduri Ali and LKRB Road areas of Nabin Nagar under the East Guwahati LAC, reported neck-deep water on their roads. Residents of several other Guwahati areas tasted urban flood for the first time.
The flooding first struck in Assam on Monday 23 June 2014, affecting over 25,000 people and displacing almost 10,000. At their peak, the floods had inundated 43 village across 5 districts.
The recent deaths and flash flooding in Guwahati come just one day after Assam’s State Disaster Management Authority felt the flooding was easing.