2 policemen washed away as they rush to help people in Assam, bodies found
Two policemen, including the officer in-charge of a police station, who had rushed with two other personnel to help people marooned by flood waters in Assam's Nagaon district were washed away and their bodies were found on Monday, police said.
Kampur police station officer in-charge Sammujal Kakoti had led a four member team of personnel in a boat to Pachonijar Madhupur village after receiving information about the flooding late on Sunday night, state special director general of police G P Singh said.
But the policemen fell into a waterbody and were washed away. Two policemen were rescued and SDRF personnel fished out two bodies, including that of Kakoti early on Monday after searching for several hours, he said.
The other policeman was identified to be Rajiv Bordoloi.
''We salute the courage and bravery of sub-inspector Samujjal Kakoti and constable Rajib Bordoloi. Their selfless act will be an inspiration to future generations of Assam police personnel,'' Singh said.
''We stand with our men and families in this time of grief and salute the courage shown by the brave policemen,'' he added.
Nagaon district has been severely affected by the ongoing devastating flood Assam, with 3,64,459 people impacted by river Kopili which is flowing above the highest flood level at Kampur.
Following the torrential rains in Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and neighbouring country Bhutan, the water level of all major rivers of the state are rising and many rivers are flowing above danger level marks in several places.
Nearly 42.28 lakh people of 33 districts - Bajali, Baksa, Barpeta, Biswanath, Bongaigaon, Cachar, Darrang, Dhemaji, Dhubri, Dibrugarh, Dima Hasao, Goalpara, Hojai, Kamrup, Kamrup (Metro), Karbi Anglong West, Karimganj, Kokrajhar, Lakhimpur, Majuli, Morigaon, Nagaon, Nalbari, Sivasagar, Sonitpur, Sivasagar, South Salmara, Tamulpur, Tinsukia, Udalguri, have affected in the second wave of the deluge.
2 people killed due to a landslide in Cachar
Meanwhile, two people were killed on Saturday night during a landslide in the Cachar district of Assam. The incident took place at the Borakhai tea estate area of Cachar where a large portion of land slipped from the hilltop over a house.
The State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) team, local administration and police rushed to the spot on Sunday and recovered the bodies of two persons from the debris.
The floods and resultant landslides in Assam claimed more than 70 lives this year so far.
The water level of Beki, Manas, Pagladiya, Puthimari, Kopili, Jia-Bharali, and Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger level mark in many places of the state.