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    Assam flood: Tired of counting the death toll? One more on Friday, total 109

    With 26 deaths due to landslide this year, the deaths due to floods and landslides altogether went up to 134 this season so far.

    By Debananda Medak

    GUWAHATI: One must be tired of counting the death toll of the Assam flood that has been increasing every single day. However, it is the devastating flood that takes its own course in itself and produces the number of the flood victims on a daily basis. As such, the number of deaths due to the catastrophe on Friday altogether reached 109.

    On Friday, one person had died due to the flood at Gossaigaon in lower Assam’s Kokrajhar district.

    Hence, with 26 deaths due to landslide this year, the deaths due to floods and landslides altogether went up to 134 this season so far.

    However, there was a little improvement in the flood scenario of the state as the total affected districts were reduced to 21 from the previous 22.

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

    According to the ASDMA bulletin, 1,366 villages under 55 revenue circles were affected by the flood on Friday besides affecting 10,82,504 population.

    Altogether, 26,161 populations were sheltered in 116 relief camps. The local administration of the respective districts also established 21 relief distribution centres across the state to extend support to the flood victims.

    The flood has fully damaged 10 houses besides partially damaging 22 houses in various districts. Other hand, the flood has affected, 3,27,442 big animals, 1,51,431 small animals and 2,76,697 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.


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