Published On: Sun, Aug 23rd, 2015

Over 6 lakh affected by floods in Assam

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Seven people have died and six lakh people have been affected by the deteriorating flood situation in Assam, as six columns of the Indian Army are carrying out rescue and relief operations with state government agencies in nearly 19 districts of the state.

Over 1,000 villages are submerged and the administration is struggling to provide relief to all those affected by the floods. Assam state disaster management authority (ASDMA) said in its flood report that two persons drowned on National Highway-31 in Dhubri district. Two other died in Kokrajhar in the last 24 hours, it added.

With this, the death toll in this year’s flood in Assam has gone up to 12 – four in Kokrajhar, two each in Lakhimpur and Dhubri, and one each in Bongaigaon, Baksa, Sonitpur and Chirang.

ASDMA said over 6.55 lakh persons have been affected in 1,417 villages across Dhemaji, Kokrajhar, Chirang, Lakhimpur, Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Bongaigaon, Sivasagar, Sonitpur, Barpeta, Jorhat, Goalpara, Morigaon, Dhubri, Kamrup, Golaghat and Darrang districts. The worst hit is Bongaigaon district where over 168,000 persons were affected, followed by Kokrajhar with more than 164,000 people bearing the brunt, ASDMA said.

More than 57,500 hectares of crop areas are also under water.

The flood waters have damaged at least 54 roads in Kokrajhar, Barpeta, Goalpara, Dhubri, Golaghat, Dibrugarh and Bongaigaon, while five bridges were damaged in Barpeta and Dibrugarh.

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