Over 62,000 People Across 145 Villages Affected As Flood Ravages Assam

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Guwahati, July 10, 2019

Torrential rain in the past few days has led to floods in parts of Assam. The flood situation in the state turned serious on July 9th, 2019 with over 62,000 people getting affected across eight districts.

Incessant rainfall also led to increased water levels in the Brahmaputra River and its tributaries in Assam. Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) reports stated that a total of 62,419 populations of 145 villages have been affected due to the deluge.

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On July 9th, 2019, the ASDMA reported that the Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger level at Nematighat (Jorhat), Jia Bharali (Sonitpur), Dhansiri (Golaghat), Puthimari (Kamrup) and Beki (Barpeta).

Flash floods throw life out of gear in the city. Photo: Time8

The affected districts are Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Barpeta, Chirang, Golaghat, Jorhat and Dibrugarh. Even though no deaths have been reported during these recent floods yet, over 11,000 animals (big, small and poultry) have been affected and 3435 hectares of crops have been damaged.

Roads, bridges and embankments have been damaged at various places due to heavy rainfall and floods in several districts of the state. Massive erosions have been reported at various places of Baksa, Sonitpur, Udalguri, Jorhat and Barpeta districts of Assam.

At present, the ASDMA authorities are running five relief camps in Golaghat and Jorhat where over 200 people have taken shelter.