Assam flood situation improves, death toll touches 134

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HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, July 30: The flood situation in Assam has improved with water level of the Brahmaputra and its tributaries receding in many places on Thursday.

One more person died in the flood taking the death toll in the deluge to 134, including 26 people died in landslides in different parts of the state, an official bulletin of Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said.

One person died at Mikirbheta in Morigaon district on Thursday taking the toll in the devastating floods to 108, according to the official report of ASDMA.

According to ASDMA report, the Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger level at Neamatighat (Jorhat), Tezpur, Dhubri, Dhansiri (S) at Numaligarh (Golaghat), Jia Bharali at NT Road Crossing (Sonitpur), Kopili at Dharamtul (Nagaon) and Beki Road bridge at Barpeta are rivers flowing above danger level.

A total of 12,01,382 people of 1,339 villages under 52 revenue circles of 22 districts have been affected in the second wave of the floods, the report said. A total of 82,169.99 hectares of crop area has been damaged due to the floods.

The flood affected districts are: Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Sonitpur, Biswanath, Darrang, Baksa, Barpeta, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South Salmara, Goalpara, Kamrup, Kamrup (M), Morigaon, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar and Dibrugarh.

The Goalpara is the worst affected district with 3,75,861 population of 243 villages under 3 revenue circles being affected followed by Morigaon with 2,34,268 of 242 villages under 2 revenue circles being affected in the floods.

The floods also damaged various infrastructures, including highways and embankments in various affected districts.

The authorities are running 203 relief camps and distribution centres across 13 districts, where 29,981 people are taking shelter currently, the ASDMA said.

The ASDMA bulletin said that a total of 21 camps and out of 223 at Kaziranga National Park have been affected by the deluge and 3 camps has been vacated.

60 percent of the Kaziranga National Park is still under water. The deluge has so far taken away the lives of 143 different animals, while 167 others were rescued in Kaziranga National Park as reported by the DDFO Eastern Assam Wildlife division.

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