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Catastrophic Flood Claims 17 Lives In Assam | Ten Points

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Plight of a physically disabled woman as flood wreaks havoc in Assam. Photo: Abhijit Talukdar

Guwahati: As many as seventeen persons have lost their lives and at least 14,134 persons have been evacuated so far as raging waters of the Brahmaputra River and its tributaries flooded 4,663 villages of 30 flood-affected districts out of 33 districts in Assam.

The torrential rains have lashed several parts of the state for over a week now resulting in ravaging flood wreaking havoc in Assam.

Several towns and villages remained inaccessible due to road blockades caused by landslides, while power supply services were also severely disrupted across the state.

Here are the top 10 developments in the story:

  1. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal is slated to visit Barak valley on July 17th, to do an aerial survey and hold review meetings

2. Barpeta remains the worst flood hit district in Assam with 12.15 lakh affected people, followed by Dhubri with 10.79 lakh people. In Morigaon, around 5.96 lakh people have been affected by the deluge, according to the latest ASDMA report.

3. As per the daily flood bulletin of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), 52,59,142 people have been affected, with 1,47,304 people taking refuge in 290 relief camps as on July 16th, 2019. As many as 405 distribution centres have been set up for distribution of relief funds to the affected people.

Residents sit on a roof during flooding in lower Assam. Photo: Kabir Mondal

4. The central government on July 16th, 2019 released Rs 251.55 crore as assistance from the central share of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) for 2019-20 as the ravaging flood remains grim in Assam.

5. To mitigate the problem of stranded passengers, the Northeast Frontier Railway(NFR) announced to attach additional coaches in trains connecting to important cities in Upper Assam and Lower Assam.

6. Due to the prevailing flood situation, train services between Lumding-Badarpur Hill Sections have been rescheduled.

7. Over 1.63 lakh hectares of agricultural crops have been damaged by the pudding flood water.

8. While over 15.53 animals hit by the monsoon mayhem, animals in the Kaziranga National Park(KNP) have taken shelter in highlands within the park and many have migrated to the southern highlands of Karbi Anglong, crossing National Highway 37.

9. Fresh reports of landslides have been reported from three villages under Harangajao and Mahur revenue circle along with Jatinga Lampur station, as reported by ASDMA.

10. 30 Wildlife deaths have been reported in Kaziranga since July 13th, 2019. Though the floodwater level in Kaziranga is in a falling trend, 169 camps are inundated and 22 camps were shifted as per the ASDMA report of July 16th, 2019.