Assam flood: Over 16 lakh people of 22 districts affected, death toll mounts to 34

Guwahati, July 3: The flood situation in Assam continued to remain grim as the floodwaters inundated new areas in few lower Assam districts.

Nearly 16.03 lakh people of 22 districts have been affected in the current wave of flood.

According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), nearly 8.60 lakh are affected alone in Barpeta district while 1.95 lakh people affected in South Salmara, 95,000 people in Goalpara,85,700 people in Nalbari, 62,500 people in Morigaon, 55,000 people in Darrang, 47,800 people in Dhemaji, 41,500 people in Dhubri district.

On Thursday, one person drowned in floodwaters at Matia area in Goalpara district and with this case total death toll in the state has now mounted to 34.

The floodwaters have submerged 72,717 hectares of croplands and affected 2053 villages under 60 revenue circles in the flood-hit districts.

A total of 12,597 people have taken shelter at 163 relief camps and many others still taking shelter on roads, embankments and other safer places.

The second wave of flood has affected over 13 lakh domestic animals also.

The SDRF teams and administration had rescued 2852 flood-affected people in Barpeta, Dhubri, South Salmara and Chirang district in last 24 hours.

On the other hand, the water level of many rivers is receding, but the water level of Brahmaputra river, Dhansiri river, Jia Bharali river and Kopili river is flowing above danger level in many other places in the state.

More than 50 per cent areas of Kaziranga National Park and Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary are still underwater and the current flood forced many animals to move safer places nearby Karbi hills areas.