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Flood situation worsens in Assam, five die

| | New Delhi | in Sunday Pioneer

The flood situation in Assam worsened on Sunday, with five deaths reported while flash floods affected three districts in Tripura where at least 4,500 families were rendered homeless.

Mainly clear skies prevailed in the national capital with the maximum temperature settling at 34.9 degrees Celsius. The minimum temperature was pegged at 27.7 degrees Celsius, a Met department official said. The humidity level oscillated between 78 and 58 per cent.

According to a report by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), two persons died in Dhemaji and one person each in Lakhimpur, Kokrajhar and Morigaon districts.

With these, the total number of persons losing their lives in this year’s flood-related incidents across Assam went up to 89.

ASDMA said 11 lakh people were affected in Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Sonitpur, Baksa, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Chirang, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South Salmara, Morigaon, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar, Charaideo, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts.

The ASDMA report said Dhubri was the worst-affected where 1.92 lakh people were hit, followed by Dhemaji where 1.51 lakh people have been affected by the calamity.

Currently 1,752 villages were under water and over one lakh hectare crop area have been damaged, ASDMA said.

The flood has damaged embankments, roads, bridges and other infrastructures in Dhemaji, Darrang, Chirang, Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon, Charaideo, Dhubri, Tinsukia, Sivasagar, Majuli, Sonitpur, Lakhimpur, Barpeta, Baksa, Dima Hasao, Golaghat and Morigaon districts.

Three districts of Tripura were affected by flash floods due to incessant rains and at least 4,500 families were rendered homeless, official sources said.

More than 2,000 families were forced to take refuge in different Government buildings as large part of the State capital and its low lying outskirts were inundated, state Revenue Minister Badal Chowdhury, who along with District Magistrate of West Tripura district, Milind Ramteke visited the affected areas said.

Chowdhury said the water was flowing above the danger level in Howrah river.

District Magistrate of Sipahijala Pradip Chakraborty said that at least 2,500 families were affected due to flood in the district and were sheltered in 60 relief camps opened in the Government buildings.

               

 
 
 
 
 

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