While the death toll rises in the horrifying Assam floods, celebrities are trying hard to provide for the people of the state. Following the death of six more people due to Assam floods, the toll mounted to 74 and the situation remained grim as of Wednesday.
Guwahati: Flood waters have inundated vast swathes of 20 of all 33 districts in the state, affecting 38.82 lakh people, according to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA).
"A total of 2,933 villages in 73 revenue circles of 20 districts, including Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Udalguri, Darrang, Baksa, Barpeta, Nalbari, Chirang, remain submerged, affecting 34,82,170 people," the disaster management authority said.
Of six fresh deaths, one person died each in Nalbari, Barpeta, Dhubri and Golaghat districts and three were killed in Morigaon district, it stated.
Currently, 826 relief camps are operational in the districts of Baksa, Nalbari, Barpeta, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, Goalpara, Kamrup, Morigaon, Nagaon, Golaghat and Jorhat.
These camps have been sheltering more than two lakh affected people.
Altogether, 107 relief distribution centres have been set up in 11 districts of the state, the ASDMA officials said.
Water levels in rivers continue to flow at the 'danger level' in several parts in the state, including Brahmaputra at Neamatighat (Jorhat) and Dhubri, Jia Bharali at NT Road Xing (Sonitpur), Manas at NH Road. Xing (Barpeta) and Sonkosh at Golakganj (Dhubri), they added.
While several celebrities took to social media platforms to create awareness about the issue, Akshay Kumar had tweeted last week stating that he is donating Rs 2 crore to the chief minister’s relief fund for Assam.
Amitabh Bachchan has donated Rs 51 lakh to Assam chief minister’s relief fund for victims of the flood. The chief minister took to Twitter to thank the mega star and said, “We appreciate Shri Amitabh Bachchan ji for contributing Rs. 51 lakh to Chief Minister's Relief Fund. This is a great gesture & show of care for the people. Thank you, on behalf of the people of Assam, for your support. @SrBachchan.”
We appreciate Shri Amitabh Bachchan ji for contributing Rs. 51 lakh to Chief Minister's Relief Fund. This is a great gesture & show of care for the people.— Sarbananda Sonowal (@sarbanandsonwal) July 23, 2019
Thank you, on behalf of the people of Assam, for your support. @SrBachchan
Big B also took to the social media platform to encourage his followers to make donations to help “our brothers and sisters”. His tweet read, “Assam is in distress .. the floods have caused great damage .. send care and assistance for our brothers and sisters .. contribute generously to the CM Relief Fund .. I just did .. HAVE YOU ..? 🙏🙏🙏.”
Assam is in distress .. the floods have caused great damage .. send care and assistance for our brothers and sisters .. contribute generously to the CM Relief Fund .. I just did .. HAVE YOU ..? 🙏🙏🙏 https://t.co/DZIpxZ0eOl— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) July 23, 2019
With PTI inputs
Last Updated 5:23 PM IST