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    Assam flood: Dying turns a ritual; three more recorded on Wednesday; total 107

    With 26 deaths due to landslide this year, the deaths due to floods and landslides altogether went up to 132 this season so far.

    GUWAHATI: 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 though the state’s chief minister keeps stressing that steps are being taken to prevent further damage.

    Under this given situation, the tally of the flood deaths reached altogether 107 on Wednesday. Three persons – one each in Barpeta, Kokrajhar and Kamrup district, died on Wednesday due to severe flood.

    Hence, with 26 deaths due to landslide this year, the deaths due to floods and landslides altogether went up to 132 this season so far.

    Though the overall flood situation was little improved on Wednesday, 21 districts were still griming under water. 

    According to the daily flood bulletin issued by the Assam state disaster management authority (ASDMA), 1536 villages located under 54 revenue circles were affected by the flood on Wednesday.

    The devastating flood has also affected 16,54,984 population of the state for which the state government has established 208 relief camps and 113 relief distribution centres across the state.

    Altogether, 37,012 inmates have been sheltered in different relief camps. Moreover, the flood has fully damaged 16 houses besides partially damaging 165 houses in various districts. 

    As per the Central Water Commission report issued on Wednesday 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.

    After visiting the flood-hit districts of Barpeta, Nalbari, Darrang, Biswanath and the Kaziranga National Park, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Wednesday also visited various flood-hit areas located under Lakhimpur and Dhemaji districts.

    He inspected erosion caused by Subansiri river at Hekerajan, an embankment on Charikoria river near the Dhakuakhana College under Lakhimpur districts, inspected an embankment on the Kumotiya river in Dhemaji district and the Jiadhal river, a tributary of the Brahmaputra that has caused huge damage during the present spate of floods. He also visited Bhujgaon in Dhemaji district and distributed relief materials among the affected people.

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