3.4 Lakh populations affected in 14 Assam districts as floods worsen


Assam floods: Brahmaputra sinks above the danger level in some places (representational)


The floods in Assam deteriorated on Friday as large areas of two other districts were flooded, affecting 1.70 lakh more people, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said in a report.

He said 3,41,837 people from 32 income circles in 14 districts are now affected by the flood.

The two new districts where floodwaters have entered since Thursday are Udalgiri and Dibrugarh.

The flood and landslides have claimed the lives of 64 people to date across the state, 40 of whom have been killed in flood-related incidents and 24 have died in landslides.

Meanwhile, the Regional Meteorological Center (RMC) has predicted more precipitation in various locations in Assam and neighboring Meghalaya.

RMC deputy director Sanjay O’neil Shaw said heavy rain in some places and extremely heavy rain in isolated places is expected on Saturday.

ASDMA said that Dhemaji was still the most affected district with about 1.3 lakh people affected, followed by Lakhimpur with 75,000 people and Barpeta with 63,000 people.

At present, 724 villages in the 14 affected districts are submerged and 46,797.09 hectares of cultivated land have been damaged, he said.

ASDMA said authorities are managing 41 relief camps and distribution centers in six districts, where 2,386 people have taken refuge.

The Brahmaputra flows above the danger level in Nimatighat in Jorhat, Tezpur in Sonitpur and the city of Dhubri in the districts of Dhubri.

Its tributaries Disang at Nanglamuraghat at Sivasagar, Dhansiri at Numaligarh at Golaghat, Jia Bharali at NT Road Crossing at Sonitpur and Beki at Road Bridge at Barpeta exceed the danger bar.

Embankments, roads, bridges, culverts and other infrastructure were damaged at various locations in the districts of Lakhimpur, Biswanath and Dhemaji.

Massive erosions have been observed in different places in Bongaigaon, Biswanath, Sonitpur, Udalguri, Kokrajhar and South Salmara, said ASDMA.

The flood has so far claimed the lives of 48 animals of different species in Kaziranga National Park, according to the bulletin, citing DFO from the Eastern Assam Wildlife Division.

The flood also affected 2,366,074 domestic animals and poultry across the state in the past 24 hours, he added.

The districts affected by the floods are Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Charaideo, Biswanath, Udalguri, Chirang, Nalbari, Barpeta, Goalpara, Morigaon, Nagaon, Golaghat, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia.


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