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Assam Flood: 4 more dead, over 13 lakh people hit

The Assam flood has taken a grim turn, with 24 deaths being reported this year alone

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Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  29 Jun 2020 3:30 PM GMT

Guwahati: 13,16,927 people across 25 Assam districts are affected due to floods. 4 more people -- 2 from Dibrugarh and 1 each from Goalpara and Barpeta -- were killed due to drowning, taking the death toll number to 24.

According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), 83,168 hectares of croplands have been submerged under floodwater, causing immense grief and difficulties to the Assam growers.

Many people have also been rendered homeless. As of today, 27,452 people have been forced to seek refuge in 273 relief camps that have been opened up by the Government. Within 24 hours, as many as 10,207 marooned persons have been rescued by personnel.

Floods have also emerged as a menace in the Kaziranga National Park, where 146 out of the 223 camps have been affected, while 3 have been vacated entirely. The animals are now taking shelter on the highlands constructed within the park. Others are starting to trudge towards the Karbi Anglong Hills nearby. Meanwhile, 22 camps have also been affected in the R G Orang National Park.

Embankments have been breached in the districts of Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Dibrugarh, Barpeta, Darrang, Udalguri, Bongaigaon, South Salmara, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, Hojai, and Baksa.

At the same time, infrastructure such as roads, bridges, and culverts have also been damaged severely by the impact of the deluge.

With the unceasing rains causing the rivers across the land to swell up, many are flowing above the danger-level mark, becoming a cause for alarm among the locals.

The Brahmaputra, by far the largest river in the state, is flowing above the danger level mark in Jorhat's Neamatighat, Tezpur, Guwahati, Goalpara, and Dhubri. The Burhidihing, Dhansiri, Jia Bharali, Kopili, Puthimari, Beki, and Kushiyara are also flowing above the danger-level mark across the state.

The impact of the torrential downpours and the subsequent flooding has been such that most of the state's districts are reeling under the effects of the flood. Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Udalguri, Chirang, Darrang, Nalbari, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South Salmara, Goalpara, Kamrup, Kamrup (M), Morigaon, Hojai, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, and West Karbi Anglong are the district that have been affected in this latest spate of floods in Assam.

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