Flood fury continues in Assam; 10 more deaths take toll to 28


But those floods didn't stop Assam from celebrating Independence Day beside having Knee High water in their schools and on Public roads. The love for nation against all odds is visible as the children and a staff member salute the flag unfazed by their hard condition. The photo has gone viral.

Assam is hit by the flood wave for the second time this year.

"It was an hour-long program during which all of us sang the national anthem and Vande Mataram", Mizanur Rahman said.

"Yesterday in a meeting, we four teachers made a decision to organise the programme", said Rahman, an assistant teacher at the school, according to a Hindustan Times report.

The situation was similar at Bhutni Island in the district, from where erosion of embankments was reported. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his concern over the recurrence of floods and the widespread destruction it caused. "We demand the government to expedite its relief operations", he said. He said that were not provided relief by the district administration.

In Meghalaya, over one lakh persons have been affected by floods in the Brahmaputra and Jingiram rivers, the waters of which have inundated 136 villages in western Meghalaya, an official said on Wednesday.

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Sonowal also said that his government has adopted a policy of zero-tolerance against any form of corruption in the state.

But this wasn't the only moving image from Assam.

Chief minister Sarbananda Sonawal praised the people for celebrating I-day despite all odds.

In neighbouring West Bengal, after a respite from the rain on Tuesday, the flood situation in the north, including in the two worst-hit districts of Alipurduar and Jalpaiguri, registered a slight improvement. In 2015, about 1.5 million people were displaced.

The stories and photos pouring out of Assam are a valuable reminder that patriotism is lovely when it is spontaneous, un-prompted, and uncoerced.