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Flood fury in Assam leaves 6 more dead; nearly 15 lakh affected

In Barpeta, one of the handloom capitals of Assam, 114 weavers under the Sarthebari Revenue Circle have been affected due to the onset of floods

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Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  1 July 2020 2:58 PM GMT

Guwahati: 6 more lives were lost today as the flood has continued unleashing its fury across 21 districts of Assam. The deceased who drowned in the past 24 hours belonged to the flood-hit districts of Dhubri (1), Nagaon (1), Barpeta (3), and Nalbari (1) districts.

According to the daily report filed by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ADSMA), as many as 14,95,321 people across 21 districts in the state are reeling under the fury of the floods, while 87,018 hectares of cropland has also been affected.

At the same time, 15,289 people across 11 districts are taking shelter in 254 relief camps. The flood has also unleashed its fury in the Kaziranga National Park, where 6 camps have been vacated to date. Tragically, 2 hog deer were drowned in the floodwaters. Similarly, 12 camps in the R G Orang National Park have also been affected, and a single hog deer was killed.

Embankments have been breached in the two districts of Dibrugarh and Baksa, while damage to road infrastructure has been witnessed in several districts. In the Bodoland Territorial Area Districts' (BTAD) Baksa, severe gully erosion has been reported in the Bunbari village.

In a concerning development, two schools, under the Majuli Revenue Circle, have been submerged underneath floodwaters. Similarly, schools have also been submerged in the districts of Nalbari and Sivasagar. In Barpeta, one of the handloom capitals of Assam, 114 weavers under the Sarthebari Revenue Circle have been affected due to the onset of floods.

At the same time, as many as 6 houses -- 4 in Dhemali and 2 in Nalbari -- have been completely damaged due to the fury of the flood. Meanwhile, several rivers, including the mighty Brahmaputra, have risen above the danger level in several areas of Assam.

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