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    Assam flood: Death toll hits century; indicates further trouble

    Moreover, with 26 deaths due to landslide this year, the deaths due to floods and landslides altogether went up to 128 this season so far.

    BY Debananda Medak

    Guwahati: Further indicating a griming situation ahead, Assam has recorded five more deaths on Sunday alone. Accordingly, the total number of human lives lost in the state’s devastating flood has crossed century on Sunday.

    After the five deaths – one at Morigaon district, two at Barpeta district and another at Kokrajhar district, the total death in flood till Sunday was 102.

    Moreover, with 26 deaths due to landslide this year, the deaths due to floods and landslides altogether went up to 128 this season so far.

    However, the overall flood situation turned down on Sunday as the number of affected districts went down to 23 from the previous 26.

    According to the daily flood bulletin issued by the Assam state disaster management authority, the number of affected villages till Sunday was 2265 while the number of affected revenue circles was 66.

    So far, the devastating flood has affected 24,76,431 population of the state for which the state government has established 269 relief camps and 188 relief distribution centres. Altogether, 45,912 inmates have been sheltered in the relief camps established across the state. The flood has fully damaged 748 houses besides partially damaging 121houses in various districts. 

    The affected districts were – Dhemaji, Sonitpur, Biswanath, Darrang, Baksa, Nalbari, Barpeta, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South Salmara, Goalpara, Kamrup, Kamrup Metro, Morigaon, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar, Charaideo and Dibrugarh.

    As per the Central Water Commission report issued on Saturday morning, the river Brahmaputra was still flowing above the danger level at Dibrugarh, Neemaitghat near Jorhat, Tezpur, Goalpara, Dhubri, Dhansiri near Numaligarh, Jia Bharali near Sonitpur, Kopili in Nagaon, Beki in Barpeta, Kushiyara at Karimganj and Sankosh at Golakganj.

    Photo Credit: The Hindu


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