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Death toll in Assam flood mounts to 82, 47.72 lakh affected

GUWAHATI:

Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma held a virtual meeting with all the Deputy Commissioners (DCs) to review the prevailing flood situation in Assam after the state reported 11 more deaths due to floods in the last 24 hours on June 20, taking the death toll to 82.

Sarma has asked the DCs to seek the services of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response force (SDRF) personnel, and if required the Army for relief and rescue operations.

While three deaths were reported from Darrang district, two others were reported from Nagaon and one each from Cachar, Dibrugarh, Hailakandi, Hojai, Kamrup and Lakhimpur districts.

In addition, seven persons have been reported missing. Two missing cases have been reported each from Kamrup and Udalguri, while one from Cachar, Darrang, and Tamulpur district, the ASDMA said.

Two police personnel, including an SI and a constable, were also swept by the flood water of Kopili River at Kampur in Nagaon district.

Meanwhile, 32 out of 34 districts namely Bajali, Baksa, Barpeta, Biswanath, Bongaigaon, Cachar, Chirang, Darrang, Dhemaji, Dhubri, Dibrugarh, Dima Hasao, Goalpara, Golaghat, Hailakandi, Hojai, Kamrup, Kamrup (M), West Karbi Anglong, Karimganj, Kokrajhar, Lakhimpur, Majuli, Morigaon, Nagaon, Nalbari, Sivasagar, Sonitpur, South Salmara, Tamulpur, Tinsukia and Udalguri are reeling under floods.

According to the ASDMA, 47.72 lakh people have been affected by the floods across the state. Barpeta is the worst affected district with 12,30,721 population being affected in 611 villages under Baghbar, Barpeta, Sarthebari, Barnagar, Kalgachia and Chenga revenue circles.

The ASDMA also said that 4,69,241 people of 459 villages under Mangaldoi, Patharighat, Dalgaon and Sipajhar revenue circles were affected in the floods.

In Nagaon, the overflowing water from Kopili, Haria, Nishari and the Brahmaputra submerged over 270 villages under 7 revenue circles, with over 4.40 lakh people being affected.

Likewise, over 109 revenue villages under Kampur revenue circle, 87 villages under Raha revenue circle, 44 revenue villages under Nagaon revenue circle have been submerged by the overflowing water from Kopili, Haria and Nishari rivers while 15 revenue villages under Dhing revenue circle, 7 villages under Samaguri revenue circle, 5 villages under Rupahi revenue circle and 2 villages under Kaliabor revenue circle have been submerged by the overflowing water of the Brahmaputra.

A total of 810 relief camps and 615 relief distribution centres have been opened in affected areas. 2,318,19 people have been taking shelter in these relief camps.

According to the report of the Central Water Commission (CWC), Kopili is flowing above the higher flood level at Kampur in Nagaon district.

The Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger level at Dhubri, Goalpara, Guwahati, Tezpur and Neamatighat, Beki at Road Bridge, Pagladiya at NT Road Crossing, Puthimari at NH Road Crossing and Kopili is flowing above the danger level at Dharamtul.

Meanwhile, the Regional Meteorological centre (RMC) of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said the rainfall activity will continue in the state for the next five days.

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