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Assam floods: Toll climbs to 34, 11 lakh affected

Flood situation in Assam continued to remain grim as more than 1600 villages affected in the state

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Publish Date: Aug 2 2016 12:27PM | Updated Date: Aug 2 2016 12:28PM

Assam floods: Toll climbs to 34, 11 lakh affected

Flood situation in Assam continued to remain grim on Monday with three more persons losing their lives, taking the death toll to 34. In the besmirched region of North East, over 11 lakh people have been affected.

 

According to Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), two persons were killed at Bilasipara and Chapar in Dhubri district, and one person lost his life in Barpeta district due to the deluge.

 

The ASDMA said that more than 11 lakh people are suffering across 1,659 villages in 21 districts. Till Sunday, nearly 17 lakh people were affected by the floods across 2,266 villages.

 

As per the reports, the affected districts are Lakhimpur, Golaghat, Jorhat, Bongaigaon, Goalpara, Morigaon, Dhemaji and Barpeta. Other districts identified by the ASDMA include Dhubri, Darrang, Sonitpur, Nalbari, Sivasagar, Kokrajhar, Dibrugarh, Biswanath, Kamrup, Nagaon, Karbi Anglong and Chirang.

 

Among them, Barpeta is the worst affected with nearly three lakh people still suffering, followed by Morigaon with almost 2.7 lakh and Goalpara with 1.4 lakh people hit by the floods.

 

Authorities are running 366 relief camps and distribution centres, where over 1.25 lakh people are taking shelter across 15 districts. More than one lakh hectares of crop area are under the flood water across the state, besides washing away a number of roads, embankments, bridges and other infrastructure.

 

Currently, the Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger mark at Nematighat in Jorhat and Dhubri town, while its tributaries Dhansiri at Numaligarh in Golaghat and Beki at Road Bridge in Barpeta are flowing above the normal level.