7 dead, 15 Lakh people affected by state floods


District governments and residents have evacuated 4,221 people since Wednesday in 3 districts. (File)


Seven other people were killed in floods and related incidents across Assam, where around 15 lakh people were affected by the flood with embankments, roads, bridges and many other damaged infrastructure at various locations, a said a government report on Wednesday.

Thirty-three people lost their lives in the floods and 24 in landslides this season.

Three people were killed in Barpeta district, while one died in Dhubri, Nagaon, Nalbari in flood-related incidents, while a landslide claimed the lives of a 50-year-old in the Cachar district, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA)) said in the report.

The water level of the Brahmaputra river was higher than the danger level in Guwahati, Nimatighat in Jorhat, Tezpur in Sonitpur, city of Goalpara in Goalpara and city of Dhubri in the districts of Dhubri.

As of Tuesday, the number of people affected was around 14.94 lakh in 23 of the 33 districts in the state, while Wednesday’s figure was over 14.95 lakh in 21 districts.

The floodwaters have withdrawn from the districts of Majuli and West Karbi Anglong, but large areas of Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Chirang, Darrang, Nalbari, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Dhubri, Salmara Sud, Goalpara, Kamrup, Morigaon, Hojai , Nagaon, Golaghat, Jagor, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia are still submerged.

Barpeta is the most affected with nearly 5.95 lakh of sufferers, followed by 1.95 lakh in southern Salmara and 94,000 in Goalpara, ASDMA said.

District governments and the local population have evacuated 4,221 people since Wednesday in the three districts.

Currently, 2,197 villages are under water and 87,018.17 hectares of cropland have been damaged in the state, ASDMA said.

He said the authorities were managing 254 relief camps and distribution centers in 15 districts, where 15,289 people have found refuge.

The water levels of tributaries of the Brahmaputra Dhansiri river at Numaligarh in Golaghat, Jia Bharali at NT Road Crossing in Sonitpur and Kopili in Kampur in Nagaon were above the danger marks.

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

Outside of Cachar, massive erosions have been observed in various locations in the Baksa district, ASDMA said.


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