One of the world’s largest rivers, the Brahmaputra, which flows through India and Bangladesh’s neighboring Tibet, has burst its banks in Assam over the past three days, flooding more than 1,900 villages.
Heavy rains have lashed most of the rugged region, and the downpour continued on Wednesday, with the forecast for the next two days.
“The flood situation is turning critical hour by hour,” Assam Water Resources Minister Pijush Hazarika told Reuters, adding that seven people had drowned in separate incidents in the past three days. the past.
Indian Army soldiers have evacuated more than 2,000 people trapped in Hojai district in an ongoing rescue effort, according to the state’s health minister, Keshab Mahanta.
Water levels in the Brahmaputra are expected to rise, national officials said.
“The situation is dire in the worst-affected district of Dima Hasao, with railways and roads cut off due to floods and landslides,” said Assam’s revenue minister, Jogen Mohan, who is overseeing relief efforts there. ongoing.
On the other hand, other cities in India, especially the capital New Delhi, are experiencing intense heat that has engulfed most of South Asia.
Jacobabad, one of the hottest cities in the world, in Pakistan’s Sindh province, hit 51 degrees Celsius (123.8F) last Sunday, and 50C (122F) the day before. In India, temperatures in Delhi exceeded 49C (120F) on Sunday.