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Flood situation improves

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GUWAHATI/HAILAKANDI, June 20: The flood situation across the State showed significant improvement on the seventh day of the first spate of floods with the major rivers flowing below the danger level even as the death toll in floods and landslides rose to 21 on Wednesday.

In Karimganj however both the the Kushiyara and Barak (at Badarpurghat) rivers are still flowing above the danger level.

Altogether 5,14,597 people are affected in 671 villages or localities across 16 revenue circles in five districts of Nagaon, Hojai, Cachar, Hailakandi, and Karimganj. The highest number of population reeling under flood fury is in Karimganj (2,36,914) followed by Hailakandi (1,67,261), Cachar (1,06,259), Hojai (4,100), and Nagaon (63).

Cropland of 3547.65 hectare have been under flood waters.

Heavy erosion has been observed in Solengi bank embankment and at Sessa in Biswanath while erosion is reported also at Alipur village under Baghbar revenue circle in Barpeta district.

SDRF and NDRF personnel have evacuated 9143 persons. Meanwhile, 1,49,129 people are residing in 351 relief camps.

Hailakandi correspondent adds: The flood situation has further improved in the past three days with Katakhal, Dholeswari and Barak rivers flowing below the danger level. A total of 3,24,258 people have been affected during the last few days in the worst-hit district with 1,32,430 housed in 165 relief camps. Two persons lost their lives. SDRF and NDRF personnel evacuated 8,216 marooned people.