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Assam Floods Claim 40 Lives, 2 Lakh People Affected Even As Situation Begins to Improve in Few Districts

NDRF conducts flood rescue operation at Dhamor village in Goalpara, Assam. (Image: Twitter/@1Ndrf)

NDRF conducts flood rescue operation at Dhamor village in Goalpara, Assam. (Image: Twitter/@1Ndrf)

ASDMA officials said that in the past three weeks at least 25 persons had died in Morigaon, Tinsukia, Dhubri, Nagaon, Nalbari, Barpeta, Dhemaji, Udalguri, Goalpara and Dibrugarh districts, taking the state's death toll to 40, while 24 people have been killed in separate landslides since May 22.

With one more death in Assam's Barpeta district on Wednesday, the death toll due to the current floods has increased to 40, Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) officials said.

The situation, however, has largely improved in 11 districts even as around two lakh people in 12 of the state's 33 districts are still reeling from the effects of the flood.

ASDMA officials said that in the past three weeks at least 25 persons had died in Morigaon, Tinsukia, Dhubri, Nagaon, Nalbari, Barpeta, Dhemaji, Udalguri, Goalpara and Dibrugarh districts, taking the state's death toll to 40, while 24 people have been killed in separate landslides since May 22.

The flood situation has improved in Sivasagar, Bongaigaon, Hojai, Udalguri, Majuli, West Karbi Anglong, Darrang, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, Jorhat, Dibrugarh, South Salmara, Kamrup and Kamrup (Metro) districts, an ASDMA official said, adding that currently the flood-hit districts are Nalbari, Barpeta, Goalpara, Morigaon, Nagaon, Golaghat, Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Charaideo, Biswanath, Chirang and Tinsukia.

"Around two lakh people in 348 villages were continued to hit by the monsoon floods and over 26,910 hectares of crop were severely affected due to the floods. Around 1,095 people, including women and children, are still sheltered in 35 relief camps," the official said.

In all, at least 1.21 lakh domestic animals and 1.27 lakh poultry were affected due to the current wave of floods. The National Disaster Response Force, Assam State Disaster Response Force personnel, along with the local administration, are continuously working to rescue the affected people and render relief services, including distribution of relief material to the marooned villagers.

first published:July 09, 2020, 08:20 IST