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    Assam Floods: Death Toll Reaches 75, Over 34 Lakh Remain Affected | 10 Points

    Guwahati: With another death reported from the Dhubri district on July 25th, 2019, the death toll in the Assam Floods shot up to 75, even as over 34 lakhs across 18 districts continue to reel in the deluge.

    The flood situation has worsened in the districts of Lower Assam following the release of excess waters from the Kuricchu Hydropower Plant reservoirs in Kuricchu river in Bhutan. A red alert has been sounded in districts of Barpeta, Chirang, Baksa and Bongaigaon.

    A mother wades through flood water with her baby. Photo: Abhijit Talukdar

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    1. Due to the release of excess water from Kuricchu Hydropower reservoirs in Bhutan’s Kuricchu River, western Assam districts of Barpeta, Nalbari, Baksa, Chirang, Kokrajhar, Dhubri and South Salmara are facing a rise in the water level.
    2. In Kaziranga, the deluge has claimed lives of 215 animals as on July 25th, 2019 including 19 Rhinos, 130 Hog Deer, Sambar Deer, Wild Boars and Porcupines. 15 camps out of the 199 camps are submerged under floodwaters.
    3. Benevolent individuals, organizations and others have been visiting the flood-hit people with relief and making monetary contributions to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.
    4. Unabated heavy downpour in the Nalbari district of Assam resulted in the breach of embankments of ‘Pagladiya’ river.
    The army rescued 150 marooned people in the Nalbari district of Assam. Photo courtesy: AIR News Guwahati

    5. According to the Assam State Disaster Management (ASDMA), 34,92,734 people in 2,753 villages in 18 districts have been affected in the deluge so far.

    6. The water level at the river Brahmaputra at Nematighat (Jorhat), Dhubri; Jia Bharali at N.T. Rd Xing (Sonitpur); Puthimari at N.H. Rd.Xing (Kamrup); Manas at N.H.Rd Xing (Barpeta) and Beki at Rd. Bridge (Barpeta) have vehemently increased.

    7. The pounding floodwaters have damage over 1.3 lakh hectares of cropland causing the prices of grains, pulses, fruits and vegetables to double in almost all parts of the flood-hit state.

    8. 1,95,159 people are taking shelter in the 833 relief camps opened. 102 relief centres have also been opened to distribute the flood relief materials including tarpaulin, candles, rice, mosquito coils, baby food, clothes and so on.

    9. Satradhikar Pitambar Dev Goswami of Sri Sri Auniati Satra contributed Rs. 55,555, Batadrava Than Parisalona Samiti contributed Rs. 1 lakh and Basistha Dev Sarma, Burha Satradhikar of historic Barpeta Satra donated Rs. 50,000 to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund to aid the affected people.

    10. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal visited the Asmer Alga BOP, Indo-Bangladesh border near Mankachar to inspect the breach of border fencing due to floods and directed the concerned officials for speedy repairs for the continuation of efficient patrolling.



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