The death toll in the pre-monsoon floods and landslides rose to eight. So far more than four lakh people have been affected in 26 districts by the floods. Officials gave this information on Tuesday. Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) officials said one person died in western Assam’s Udalguri district in the last 24 hours, while seven people were killed in floods and landslides in Dima Hasao and Lakhimpur districts earlier. .

However, an unofficial report from Cachar district said that four people, including a child and two middle-aged people, were washed away in separate rivers.

An ASDMA bulletin said that at least 4,03,352 people, including 80,659 children and 1,39,541 women, have been affected and around 1,900 houses in 1,089 villages in 26 districts have been partially and completely damaged. Over 39,558 people have taken shelter in 89 relief camps.

The most affected districts are Cachar, Dima Hasao, Hojai, Nagaon, Charaideo, Darang, Dhemaji, Dibrugarh, Bajli, Baksa, Vishwanath and Lakhimpur.

The situation in the hilly section of the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) in Dima Hasao district remained grim on Tuesday as rain continued to wreak havoc in the hilly region, affecting the Lumding-Badarpur single line railway route.

NFR officials said uninterrupted rains along with difficult terrain severely affected the restoration and repair work, which could take several weeks.

The Lumding-Badarpur section in Assam is the only route connecting Tripura, Mizoram, Manipur and the southern part of Assam with the rest of the country.

Rail connectivity has been cut for the last four days. PLC &GT

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