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    Flood death toll continues rising in Assam; total 87 till Tuesday

    By Debananda Medak

    GUWAHATI: Two more people have lost their lives – one at Morigaon district and the other at Nagaon district in central Assam, in the last 24 hours which has increased the death toll to 87 altogether in the state till Tuesday.

    With 26 deaths due to land slide this year, the deaths due to floods and landslides altogether went up to 113 this season so far.

    According to the daily flood bulletin issued by the Assam state disaster management authority, as on date, 2,323 villages under 69 revenue circles in 24 districts were reeling under flood water.

    Those districts were – Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Darrang, Baksa, Nalbari, Barpeta, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South Salmar, Goalpara, Kamrup, Kamrup Metro, Morigaon, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia and Cachar.  

    According to the bulletin, Goalpara district is having highest number of affected people that is above 4.5 lakh followed by Barpeta, Morigaon and Dhubri with above 3lakh affected in each district.

    The disaster has affected 2,41,9185 human lives besides destroying 1,10,323.54 hectors of crop areas so far. The state government has opened 276 relief camps in which 44,498 persons have been sheltered. At the same time, 121 relief distribution centres were also established to streamline the distribution of relief materials.

    As per the Central Water Commission bulletin issued this morning, the river Brahmaputra was still flowing above danger level at various places of at least eight districts.

    Moreover, the regional meteorological centre Guwahati also predicted widespread rainfall over North-Eastern India which is likely to have an impact on the overall flood scenario here.


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