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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

    108 ! It is not the SOS number, but the death toll in Assam flood

    With 26 deaths due to landslide this year, the deaths due to floods and landslides altogether went up to 133 this season so far.

    By Debananda Medak

    GUWAHATI: Yes, the state has recorded total 108 flood deaths in the state till July 30 evening after adding demise of another person due to the devastation on Thursday at Mikirbheta in central Assam’s Morigaon district.

    As such, the increasing of the number of flood deaths almost on a daily basis, has given an impression that dying in the catastrophe is nothing other than a normal ritual now.

    Moreover, with 26 deaths due to landslide this year, the deaths due to floods and landslides altogether went up to 133 this season so far.

    Even on Thursday, there was no visible improvement in the flood scenario of the state as 22 districts were still reeling under the floods.

    According to the daily flood bulletin issued by the Assam state disaster management authority (ASDMA) on Thursday, the districts – Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Sonitpur, Biswanath, Darrang, Baksa, Barpeta, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South Salmara, Goalpara, Kamrup, Kamrup Metro, Morigaon, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar and Dibrugarh, were still struggling to overcome the phenomenon.

    According to the ASDMA bulletin, 1,339 villages under 52 revenue circles were affected by the flood on Thursday besides affecting 12,01,282 population.

    Altogether, 29,981 populations were sheltered in 135 relief camps. The local administration of the respective districts also established 68 relief distribution centres across the state to extend support to the flood victims.

    The flood has fully damaged 8 houses besides partially damaging 32 houses in various districts. Other hand, the flood has affected, 5,37,579 big animals, 3,08,959 small animals and 11,473 poultry.   

    As per the Central Water Commission report issued on Thursday morning, the river Brahmaputra was still flowing above the danger level at Neemaitghat near Jorhat, Tezpur, Dhubri, Dhansiri near Numaligarh, Jia Bharali near Sonitpur and Kopili in Nagaon.

    Photo Credit: The News Minute (Representative Image)


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