Assam floods: 59,000 people affected across 5 districts

59,145 people in 92 villagers across the 5 districts of Lakhimpur, Goalpara, Nagaon, Hojai, and Cachar are affected
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Guwahati: 59,145 people across the 5 districts of Lakhimpur, Goalpara, Nagaon, Hojai, and Cachar are still affected by the first wave of floods that began after torrential rains lashed several parts of the state after weakening of the Cyclone Amphan.

Most of the flood-hit persons, 44,652, are from the district of Goalpara that has been reeling under the deluge for quite a while. In Hojai, 13,129 people are still feeling the impact of the deluge.

Meanwhile, the marooned persons have been returning to their own villages after the waters started to recede and the number of persons taking shelter in the relief camps has come down to 1,540.

Fortunately, no additional lives have been lost in the past 24 hours and the number of casualties remains 10. Moreover, none of the rivers in the state are flowing above the danger level.

The damages to infrastructure have also been significant in this spell of floods. After a fresh spell of rains, a portion of the Barpeta-Baghbar road has been damaged. At the same time, the District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has also reported that 5 roads in Barak Valley's Hailakandi district have incurred damage due to the deluge.

At the same time, erosion in Dibrugarh's Chabua district has affected 510 persons, and 136 persons in Chabua are having to take shelter in a relief camp that has been opened up in the area.

It needs mention here that several parts of Assam and Meghalaya have been receiving extremely heavy rainfall since May 20, after the destructive super cyclone, Amphan weakened. As a consequence, several districts of Assam have been inundated by floodwaters in the succeeding days. Although the rains have subsided in the past week, the lives of several thousand people who were badly affected are yet to return to normalcy.

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