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Guwahati, Aug 17: As the monsoon season rages on, Assam’s flood situation has shown some signs of improvement, but challenges persist as thousands continue to be affected by the deluge. While the number of affected individuals has decreased, several districts remain submerged, and the aftermath of the floods continues to be felt across the region.

Over the past 24 hours, the number of people affected by the floodwaters has decreased, reaching a count of 13,853. Thankfully, no casualties have been reported during this period, offering a brief respite from the ongoing crisis. However, five districts encompassing 11 revenue circles within the state are still grappling with the aftermath of flooding. These districts include Sivasagar, Dhemaji, Dibrugarh, Golaghat, and Sonitpur.

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Sivasagar stands as the hardest-hit district for the second consecutive day, with a total of 10,890 individuals grappling with the consequences of the deluge. The districts of Dhemaji (2,753) and Dibrugarh (210) follow closely behind in terms of the number of affected people. While the human toll remains a priority, the flood’s impact extends to the environment and infrastructure.

Tragically, 14 lives have been lost to the floods in the state this year, with the most recent casualties reported from Sonitpur district on a fateful Monday. Amidst the ongoing challenges, a staggering 137 villages are still submerged, with more than 3,536 hectares of crucial crop areas feeling the effects of the flood.

In response to the crisis, the district administrations in the affected areas have established 14 relief camps and an equal number of relief distribution centers. These facilities play a crucial role in delivering necessary relief materials to those adversely impacted by the floods. The floods have not only affected humans but also had a profound impact on animals and agriculture.

Around 18,634 domestic animals and poultry have borne the brunt of the deluge across Dhemaji and Sivasagar districts. As floodwaters subside, the task of rebuilding infrastructure and restoring normalcy looms large. Homes, roads, bridges, and other crucial pieces of infrastructure have sustained damage in districts including Dhemaji, Dibrugarh, Goalpara, Jorhat, Majuli, and Sivasagar.

The floods have also triggered significant erosion, with reports emerging from districts like Bongaigaon, Dhubri’s South Salmara, and Golaghat’s Sarupathar. This highlights the far-reaching consequences of natural disasters on the landscape and the subsequent challenges they pose to communities and authorities alike.

The situation remains tense as major rivers like the Brahmaputra continue to flow above danger levels in various districts, including Dhubri, Tezpur, and Jorhat district’s Neamatighat. The authorities are working diligently to manage the situation, provide aid to those affected, and ensure the safety and well-being of all citizens.

While the flood situation in Assam has improved in some aspects, the aftermath still poses significant challenges. The state’s resilience in the face of adversity shines through as communities, authorities, and organizations come together to address the needs of those affected. As the monsoon season continues, vigilance and coordinated efforts will be essential in navigating the ongoing challenges and striving toward long-term solutions for flood management and disaster preparedness.