10.75 Lakh people in 18 state districts affected by floods, 2 dead


The floodwaters withdrew from Lakhimpur and Bongaigaon on Saturday, ASDMA said. (Representative)


On Saturday, two other people lost their lives in the flood which affected 10.75 lakh people in 18 districts of Assam, according to a government report.

One person died in Morigaon and another in Tinsukia district, bringing the death toll to 61 across the state, of which 37 people were killed in the flood and 24 died due to landslides caused by incessant rain, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA)) said in its daily report.

The floodwaters withdrew from Lakhimpur and Bongaigaon on Saturday while Dhemaji, Biswanath, Chirang, Darrang, Nalbari, Barpeta, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, Salmara Sud, Goalpara, Kamrup, Kamrup Metropolitan, Morigaon, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat, Dibins by the flood.

Barpeta remains the most affected district with more than 6.33 lakh people affected, followed by Salmara South with almost 1.95 lakh people affected and Goalpara with more than 83,300 people, the bulletin said, adding that the SDRF, the District governments and the local population have evacuated 1,046 people from three districts in the past 24 hours.

A total of 53,348.42 hectares of cultivated area are submerged in water, said ASDMA.

The Brahmaputra river flows over the danger mark at Neamatighat in Jorhat and at the city of Dhubri in the districts of Dhubri, while its tributaries Jia Bharali at NT Road Crossing at Sonitpur, Kopili at Dharamtul at Nagaon and Beki at Road Bridge at Barpeta are also in flood.

Thirty-two of the 223 camps in Kaziranga National Park and two of the 40 camps in Rajiv Gandhi Orang National Park were affected by the flood.

The district administration has set up 171 relief camps and distribution centers in eight districts where 6,531 people are currently taking refuge.

Authorities distributed rice, dal, salt, mustard oil and other relief materials such as tarpaulins, snacks, candles, match boxes, drinking water, milk and cookies.

Embankments, roads, bridges, culverts and many other infrastructures were damaged at various locations in the districts of Nalbari, Barpeta, Bongaigaon Darrang, Dhubri, Nagaon and Dibrugarh.

Massive erosions have been observed in various locations in the districts of Kokrajhar and South Salmara, said ASDMA.


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