No let up in flood situation: Death toll goes up to 49

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HT Bureau

Guwahati, Aug 17: The flood situation in Assam remained very critical on Thursday with death of 10 more people and affecting 31.55 lakh people in 24 districts of the state. Three people died during the day in Dhubri, two in Morigaon and one each in Dhemaji, Sonitpur, Barpeta, South Salmara and Nagaon districts. With this, the toll in the third wave of floods climbed up to 49. The overall death figure in this year’s flood is 133.

Five minor children reportedly found dead at two different villages under Gosaaigaon revenue circle in Kokrajhar district on Thursday. They have been identified as Afruja Kathun, Fatema Kathun, Jiyarul Ali, Rejina Kathun and Manjuma Kathun.

On Thursday, the Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger marks at Guwahati, Nimatighat in Jorhat, Tezpur in Sonitpur, Goalpara and Dhubri towns. Other rivers like Dhansiri at Numaligarh in Golaghat, Jia Bharali at NT Road crossing in Sonitpur, Kopili at Dharamtul in Nagaon, Beki at road bridge in Barpeta and Kushiyara at Karimganj town are flowing above the danger marks.

According to a report by Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), 31.55 lakh people are affected in Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Sonitpur, Udalguri, Darrang, Nalbari, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Chirang, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South Salmara, Goalpara, Kamrup, Kamrup Metropolitan,

Morigaon, Nagaon, Karbi Anglong, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar and Dibrugarh districts.

Dhubri is the worst affected with 8.13 lakh people hit, followed by Morigaon with 5.30 lakh people hit by the deluge. Currently, 2,584 villages are under water and 1.67 lakh hectares of crop area are damaged, ASDMA said.

602 relief camps and distribution centres have been opened in 21 districts, where 1,01,035 people are taking shelter at present. The NDRF, SDRF and district administration personnel have rescued nearly 3,500 people to safer places in many districts.

The floods have damaged embankments, roads, bridges and other infrastructures in Udalguri, Barpeta, Chirang, Kokrajhar, Nagaon, Golaghat, Lakhimpur, Dhubri, Morigaon, Jorhat and Majuli.

Heavy erosion was witnessed in Udalguri and Majuli districts. Vast forest areas in Kaziranga National Park, Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary and Lawkhua Wildlife Sanctuary are under the flood waters.

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