The toll from the floods in Assam rose to 44 after two minor siblings were buried alive in a landslide triggered by heavy rainfall in the state’s Goalpara town on Thursday, NDTV reported. Their bodies were recovered by the State Disaster Response Force.
Incessant rains have hit several parts of Assam since Monday night. Four construction workers had also died due to a landslide in Guwahati on Tuesday.
According to the India Meteorological Department, the state, along with Meghalaya, has received 125% above normal rainfall in the last seven days until Wednesday. The weather department has issued a red alert for the two states till June 17, warning of heavy rainfall.
Eight out of 35 districts in Assam are flooded due to the rising water levels in the Brahmaputra river and its tributaries since the heavy downpour, according to the state Disaster Management Authority.
On Wednesday, district officials in Hojai and Dima Hasao told Scroll.in that excess water was released from the 275-megawatt Kopili Hydro Electric Project situated on the Khandong Dam.
The district officials said that the excess water from the dam will increase the water levels of the Kopili and Brahmaputra rivers. This would then impact the water flow downstream to Hojai and Dima Hasao, they added.
Dima Hasao Deputy Commissioner Nazreen Ahmed has issued…