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Flood Scene Still Serious in Assam, Toll Rises to 48

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GUWAHATI: Altogether 11 persons lost their lives due to floods in the districts of Barpeta (3), Dhubri (5) and Morigaon (3) in the last 24 hours taking the toll to 48 persons in flood and two others in landslides across the State. Meanwhile, Governor Jagdish Mukhi, reviewed the prevailing flood situation in the presence of Chief Secretary Alok Kumar and senior officials of the Revenue and Disaster Management Department at the Governor’s House here on Friday, stated a release of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority.

Though the water levels in some districts have receded, 48, 87,443 people are still affected in 3,705 villages across 92 revenue circles of 27 districts. The affected districts are Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Sonitpur, Darrang, Baksa, Barpeta, Nalbari, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South Salmara, Goalpara, Kamrup, Kamrup (M), Morigaon, Nagaon, Hojai, Karbi Anglong, Golaghat, Majuli, Jorhat, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Cachar, and Karimganj.

Presently, 1,47,833 inmates are taking shelter in 755 relief camps in the districts of Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Sonitpur, Darrang, Baksa, Nalbari, Barpeta, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, Goalpara, Kamrup, Morigaon, Nagaon, Karbi Anglong, Golaghat, Jorhat, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Cachar and Karimganj districts. A total of 304 relief distribution centres are operational in the districts of Lakhimpur, Darrang, Nalbari, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, South Salmara, Kamrup, Kamrup (M), Morigaon, Nagaon and Golaghat.

The rivers flowing above the danger levels are the Brahmaputra at Neamatighat (Jorhat), Guwahati (Kamrup), Goalpara and Dhubri; Dhansiri (S) at Numaligarh (Golaghat); Jia Bharali at NT Rd Xing (Sonitpur) and the Kapili at Dharamtul (Nagaon).

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