Floods claimed 1,071 lives since 2001: Govt

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Guwahati, Sept 11: As many as 1,071 people have lost their lives in devastating floods in Assam since 2001, the State Assembly was informed on Monday. The state has witnessed 40 waves of floods during the past 17 years.

Replying to a written question, revenue and disaster management minister Pallav Lochan Das said that 14 people are still missing in the floods. The floods this year have claimed 170 lives so far.

Das said the floods claimed 199 lives alone in Morigaon, 188 in Goalpara, 100 in Nagaon, 96 in Dhubri, 66 in Barpeta, 41 in Dhemaji, 66 in Lakhimpur, 35 in Kokrajhar, 32 in Kamrup, 27 in Majuli, 23 in Dibrugarh, 18 each in Baska and Kamrup (Metro), 17 each in Darrang, South Salmara and Cachar districts.

The state has lost over 4,03,050 bighas of land due to erosion of Brahmaputra river and its tributaries during the period, the minister said. A total of 11,283 erosion-affected families have been taking shelter in embankments and roads, he added.

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