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Assam: Flood situation remains grim, death toll rises to 41

In a recent update of Assam floods, the incessant rains and water released from the power projects, a second wave of flood has already hit many major districts of Assam, leaving about 90,000 people homeless and helpless. Almost 153 villages in six districts including Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Darrang, Golaghat, Sivsagar and Charaideo are affected due to the flood and life has again started being restless in the state.

As per the records of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), since the first hit of floods in June 13, a total of 10.99 lakh people are affected so far. As an aftereffect of the flood, a total of 41 deaths has been registered – of which 38 due to flooding and 3 due to landslides.

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal reviewed the flood situation on Friday and have also asked the Revenue and Disaster Management department to adopt appropriate and innovative steps to deal with the situation. Measures like constructing high-rise structures can also be taken up as this will work as a relief for the people who are made to suffer from flood and its destruction every year.

The state government has taken up possible steps to relieve the affected people and about 388 relief camps have been set up along with 440 relief distribution centres that aims to provide adequate shelter and relief items to people affected in flood.

As for the flood in Golaghat, the water released from North Eastern Electric Power Corporation Limited (NEEPCO) is a major reason. The power project, located in Wokha district in Nagaland, released water from the Doyang Hydroelectric Project dam on Tuesday which resulted into several villages of Golaghat district being drowned into water. However, the SDRF and NDRF teams have immediately landed their hands of help top the affected people and shifted them to safer places and other relief camps.

Similar flooded situation prevails in Sivasagar too as incessant rain have led to create water pools in the paddy fields including drowning the habitats of people.