Flood situation in Assam worsens
July 13 2020 12:40 AM
Assam flood
National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel carry a sick woman during a rescue operation in a flood-affected area in Pathsala of Barpeta district, some 105km from Guwahati, in Assam yesterday.


Two more people died yesterday in Assam as the flood situation in the state worsened, raising the toll to 44.
Twenty-four of the 33 districts in the state are hit, Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said.
The flood waters have submerged 2,015 villages affecting 1.3mnpeople and 82,546 hectares of crop area across the state.
Authorities have set up 224 relief camps and distribution centres in 16 districts, where 21,071 people have taken shelter, ASDMA officials said.
Several rivers including the mighty Brahmaputra are flowing above the danger mark in Dibrugarh, Neamatighat in Jorhat, Tezpur in Sonitpur and Dhubri town, an ASDMA bulletin said.
The ASDMA officials said that in the current wave of floods over the past four weeks, at least 27 people have died in Morigaon, Tinsukia, Dhubri, Nagaon, Nalbari, Barpeta, Dhemaji, Udalguri, Goalpara and Dibrugarh districts, taking the state’s death toll to 44, while 26 people have been killed in separate landslides since May 22.
Embankments, roads, bridges, culverts and other infrastructure have been damaged at various places in 18 districts, the ASDMA officials said adding that around 810 houses were fully or partially damaged.
The National Disaster Response Force, Assam State Disaster Response Force personnel, along with the local administration, are working to rescue the affected people and render relief services, including distribution of relief material to the marooned villagers.
The Meteorological Department forecast more downpours in the next few days.

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