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3 more killed in Assam floods, over 14 lakh affected

With incessant rains being reported across the state, Assam floods have claimed 27 lives this year

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Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  30 Jun 2020 3:21 PM GMT

Guwahati: 3 more people from Assam -- 2 from Barpeta's Sarupeta and 1 from Dibrugarh's western part -- have been killed due to floods within the last 24 hours, taking the toll to 27. At the same time, 14,93,508 persons across 23 districts (Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Chirang, Darrang, Nalbari, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South Salmara, Goalpara, Kamrup, Morigaon, Hojai, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, and West Karbi Anglong), are still affected.

According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), 75,700 hectares of cropland have been inundated by floodwater. As on today, 265 relief centres have been operationalized in which 25,4621 people displaced by the deluge have been taking shelter.

Rescue operations are underway in the districts of Dhemaji, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Dhubri, and South Salmara where 3,245 marooned persons have been rescued by personnel. 39 boats have been deployed so far. Due to onslaught of the floods, embankments in the districts of Lakhimpur, Dibrugarh, Bongaigaon, Jorhat, and Udalguri have been breached. Additionally, roads across several districts have been damaged due to the rampage of the deluge.

The animal sanctuaries in the state have also been affected. Camps across the Kaziranga National Park, R G Orang National Park, and Pobitora wildlife sanctuary have been affected. Erosion has also been reported from the districts of Baksa, Udalguri, and South Salmara districts. At the same time, several rivers are flowing above the danger level across the state.

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