Flood situation turns grim; 2 more districts affected

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HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, June 23: The flood situation in Assam, which had shown improvement over the last two days, has reversed with two more districts being affected by the rising waters on Saturday.

Vast tracts of land in Dhemaji and Lakhimpur districts have been freshly inundated, taking the number of affected districts to six, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said here on Saturday.

A total of 2,22,792 people in 369 villages of 11 revenue circles have been affected in the current wave of floods. The deluge has so far claimed 24 lives till Friday.

Apart from newly-inundated Dhemaji and Lakhimpur, the flood has affected four districts – Hojai, Cachar, Hailakandi and Karimganj.

The three districts of Barak Valley — Cachar, Hailakandi and Karimganj — have been severely affected by the floods.

Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal visited the flood-affected areas of Barak valley to review the situation.

Karimganj is the worst-hit district with 1,55,792 people affected, the ASDMA said. The authorities have set up 142 relief camps, where 27,871 people have taken shelter. Karimganj itself has 133 of these camps.

The floods had also damaged crops over 2,378 hectares of land and infrastructure, including roads, bridges and embankments, the report added.

Meanwhile, there are reports of severe erosion from Kolonga river at Mikirgaon area and at Leruamukh area and Borimari at Belaguri in Morigaoan district, the report added.

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