GUWAHATI- Amid the heightened flood situation in Assam, a Viral video of a sitting BJP MLA taking a piggyback ride on the back of a rescue worker went viral on social media today. Sibu Misra, who is the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s MLA from Lumding Assembly, was in Hojai area to review flood situation.
Misra was seen taking a piggyback ride to a boat on the back of a flood rescue worker on Wednesday, May 18. A video was shared by news agency ANI on its Twitter handle.
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#WATCH | Assam: BJP MLA from Lumding Assembly, Sibu Misra was seen taking a piggyback ride to a boat, on the back of a flood rescue worker yesterday, May 18th. He was in Hojai to review the flood situation in the area. pic.twitter.com/Rq0mJ8msxt
— ANI (@ANI) May 19, 2022
Meanwhile, rescue and relief operations are being undertaken by Assam Rifles, National Disaster Response Force and the Indian Army in Assam’s flood-hit region. The floods have rampaged through the state, destroying rail and road infrastructure and affecting over seven lakh people across 29 districts. 9 persons have lost their lives.
“Till now, 7,17,046 people across 29 districts have been affected due to the flood situation in the state. 9 people have died in floods and landslides so far,” Assam State Disaster Management Authority said today.
Currently, 1413 villages are underwater. Most affected district is Nagaon with over 2.88 lakh people affected. Cachar and Hojai follow with 1.2 lakh and 1.07 lakh affected. An emergency flight service has been introduced by the Assam cabinet between Silchar and Guwahati.
Train services have been suspended by the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) due to destruction to railway lines in multiple places. All trains through Lumding-Badarpur Hill Section to Barak Valley, Tripura, Mizoram and Manipur have been cancelled.