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Assam Flood Situation Worsens: 2.52 Lakh Affected, 16 Deaths

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As per the meteorological department, there will be no respite in the next three to four days
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Guwahati: Assam flood situation worsened on Friday with incessant rain continuing to swell Brahmaputra River and its tributaries. According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority, while over 2, 52, 661 lakh people have been affected in the second wave of flood so far in 16 districts in the state, at least 16 people have lost their lives.

In the affected districts of Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Udalguri, Darrang, Baksa, Nalbari, Barpeta, Kokrajhar, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia, around 18,240 have been taking shelter in 142 relief camps.

Flood has also impacted normal life in the urban areas of Dibrugarh district’s 11 numbers of Wards. Heavy water-logging has been witnessed in these areas leaving people in distress.

The floodwaters have already damaged four embankments in Lakhimpur, Dibrugarh, Udalguri and Biswanath. Roads in nine districts have been damaged too.

Erosions were also registered in Lakhimpur and Chirang districts.

So far, the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) has evacuated at least 18 people from flood.

Over 18,090 Hectres of cropland were also damaged already in Assam.

Several parts of the Kaziranga National Park and Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary have been also reported have inundated by flood waters. However, no casualty of Rhinos was reported so far.

As per the meteorological department, there will be no respite in the next three to four days and all seven states in the northeastern region will experience rain or thundershowers in most places.

On Thursday, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal took stock of the flood scenario through a video conference with deputy commissioners of affected districts.

Sonowal had directed the officials to ensure adequate relief materials are provided to those affected and taking shelter in relief camps.

He also asked the officials to take necessary safety measures while conducting rescue and relief operations in view of the COVID 19 situation in the state.

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