Silchar, June 28: In Silchar town, which has been submerged for over a week, efforts are underway to provide relief in those areas where the administration is yet to reach, by air dropping packets with food, drinking water bottles, and other essentials by Indian Air Force helicopters.

Eight more persons lost their lives in the devastating flood in Assam on Monday, while over 21 lakh people continued to remain in distress under the impact of the deluge.

The death count due to the flood this year mounted to 134 with eight deaths reported during the day, which include five from the Cachar district and one each from Kamrup Metro, Morigaon, and Nagaon.

One person was also reported missing in the Cachar district, according to a bulletin of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA).

There was, however, some improvement in the flood situation, with the total affected population declining to 21.52 lakh in 22 districts as against the previous day’s 22.21 lakh in 28 districts.

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Most of the rivers showed a receding trend, though Kopili at Nagaon, Barak at Cachar and Karimganj, and Kushiara in Karimganj were flowing above the danger level.

The ASDMA bulletin said 2,254 villages under 61 revenue circles remain affected by the current wave of floods across the state, while 1,91,194 people have taken shelter in 538 relief camps.

Flood waters have damaged 79 roads and five bridges, even as six embankments were breached.

A cropped area of 74,655.89 hectares is still inundated, and 2,774 animals have so far been washed away. Over the last few days, several prominent personalities and organizations have donated to the CM’s Relief Fund in the wake of the devastating flood.