Guwahati/Gangtok: Landslides triggered by intense rains claimed 27 lives, comprising those of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and Border Roads Organisation (BRO) personnel in Sikkim, while flood situation in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh worsen with vast areas reeling under its impact.
In Gangtok, at least 21 bodies, including those of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) personnel, were found even as eight persons were missing following flash floods and landslides in remote areas of North Sikkim, the sources said.
Army and IAF personnel have launched rescue operations in full swing in the poorly affected areas.
In Assam, flood circumstances deteriorated with 15 districts rolling under its impact, as large parts of Dibru-Saikhowa and Kaziranga National Parks and Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary submerged. Five deaths have been reported, official sources said.
Groups of the Tezpur-headquartered Gajraj Corps swings into action in flood-hit Sonitpur district of central Assam and rescued about 4000 civilians in the past four-five days. The IAF also dropped 2.4 tonnes of relief material.
The surging waters of the swollen rain-fed Brahmaputra and its tributaries overran new areas affecting an estimated five lakh people in Dibrugarh, Sonitpur, Tinsukia, Golaghat, Morigaon, Dhemaji, Kamrup (Rural), Lakhimpur, Baksa, Barpeta, Jorhat, Nalbari, Sibsagar and Udalguri districts.