Over 33 lakh people affected by floods in State

Rail and road connectivity has been suspended due to floods across the state.

Heavy rains have wreaked havoc in the eastern state, with almost 100 people dead and millions left displaced.

Due to severe floods in Assam, West Bengal and Bihar, the northeastern region has been cut off by rail from the rest of India for about a week, officials said on Thursday. Almost 34 lakh people are affected in the second wave of flood of the year.

In north West Bengal, five districts have been affected with about one lakh people reeling under the flood water of the swollen rivers.

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The Assam chief minister urged him to take measures for the safety and security of the traders from the state and protect their businesses from being vandalized, an official release said. Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi was supposed to accompany Kumar.

The situation is so grim in the affected regions that it had rendered lakhs of people homeless and has forced them to land up in relief camps.

Araria district accounted for 20 deaths, followed by East Champaran (14), West Champaran (13), Madhepura (12), Sitamarhi (11), Kisanganj (8), Purnea (5), Madhubani (5), Darbhanga (4), Saharsa (3), Sheohar (2) and Supual (1), said disaster management department principal secretary Pratyay Amrit.

Lakhs of people in Cooch Behar and Uttar Dinajpur have taken shelter in relief camps. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar made his second aerial survey of flood-hit areas on Tuesday.

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Major rivers in Bihar, which neighbours Nepal, were overflowing, causing thousands of huts to wash away and damage to bridges, highways and crops. "In my 22 years of service, this is the first time we faced flood on Independence Day'".

In Uttarakhand, two more bodies were recovered from Dharchula area of Pithoragarh district, taking the death toll in the recent cloudbursts to eight as relief and rescue operations continued in search of the missing, DGP Anil Raturi said.

Earlier, PM Modi called Sonowal twice in as many days and expressed his concern over the recurrence of floods and the widespread destruction it caused.

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