Assam flood toll rises to 50, situation grim
July 14 2020 01:03 AM
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A policeman rides a motorbike through a waterlogged road after heavy rains in Kolkata yesterday.


Six more people died in floods in Assam yesterday, taking the toll to 50, officials said.
The situation was deteriorating in 27 of the state’s 33 districts affecting around 2.4mn people, they said.
Officials of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said deaths have been reported from Lakhimpur, Bongaigaon, Kamrup, Golaghat, Sivasagar, Morigaon, Tinsukia, Dhubri, Nagaon, Nalbari, Barpeta, Dhemaji, Udalguri, Goalpara and Dibrugarh districts.
Also 26 people have died in landslides since May 22.
Flood waters have inundated 2,763 villages affecting around 2.4mn people and 103,806 hectares of crop area in 27 districts.
The ASDMA officials said district administrations have set up 480 relief camps and distribution centres in 20 districts, where around 61,000 people have taken shelter.
The mighty Brahmaputra river is flowing above the danger mark in several districts, an ASDMA bulletin said.
Embankments, roads, bridges, culverts and other infrastructure have been damaged at various places in 18 districts, the ASDMA officials said adding that hundreds of houses were fully or partially damaged.
In the famous Kaziranga national park, 47 animals have died due to the flood while 70 animals were rescued as 95% areas are submerged.
The National Disaster Response Force, and 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 marooned villagers.

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