Two schoolboys were washed away by rising flood waters while taking selfies at Rangia in Assam's Kamrup Rural district on Sunday. They have been identified as Juman Das and Humangshu Das.
According to sources, these Class X students were taking selfies with two other boys on a submerged road. The state disaster response team is conducting a search operation for the missing boys. In another incident, at least four persons went missing after a boat capsized in the Brahmaputra near Chabua area of Dibrugarh district. The boat, carrying nine people, was going from Mahmora towards Balijan. While five persons managed to swim ashore, four others went missing. They were identified as Sunku Kurmi and Dhamen Das of Rohmoria Baratisuk, Shankar Yadav of Chabua, and Kishan Yadav of Mohmora. It is suspected that overloading may have caused the boat to capsize. A total of 10 persons went missing in Assam on Sunday due to flood-related incidents.
In Cachar district, three persons died due to landslides on Sunday while six died in floods. As many as 42,28,157 inhabitants of 5,137 villages in 33 districts of Assam are reeling under floods, according to the State Disaster Management Authority. Meanwhile, the Weather Department has issued an orange alert for three districts of the state. These are expected to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall in the next 24 hours.
Meanwhile, the Indian Army continued flood relief operations for the fourth consecutive day on Sunday, according to offcials.