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Assam reels under severe flood : Death toll mounts to 104

 Guwahati, Aug 14:-- Flood situation in Assam on Sunday turned more critical after flood waters of Brahmaputra and its tributaries had submerged more areas and affected over 23 lakh people of 21 districts in the state.

 

The current wave flood claimed 20 persons as the death toll in the state mounted to 104 this year so far.

 

Following torrential rains in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram and Bhutan, the water level of Brahmaputra is flowing above danger level marks at Nematighat in Jorhat district, Tezpur in Sonitpur district, Guwahati in Kamrup (Metro) district, Goalpara and Dhubri.

 

A top official of Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said  the water level of the tributaries of Brahmaputra river and Barak river also flowing above danger level marks in various places in Upper Assam, Middle Assam, Northern Assam, Lower Assam and Barak valley.

 

“The flood situation turned more worsen in middle Assam’s district Nagaon after the flood water breached the Hatimura embankment at Jakhalabandha area under Kaliabor sub-division last night. The flood waters inundated more than 50 villages in the area and crossed NH-37 at several places,” the top official said.

 

Meanwhile, the Nagaon district administration had sounded high alert and closed all vehicles movement at NH-37.

 

The flood waters also submerged over 90 forest camp inside the Kaziranga National Park.

 

“Following the second wave flood, most of wild animals including one horned rhinos of the park had moved to nearby Karbi Anglong hill areas by crossing NH-37 and few animals taken shelter at higher lands inside the park,” a forest official said.According to the reports of ASDMA, over 2800 villages of 21 districts are affected in the current wave flood and the flood waters submerged more than 1.35 lakh crop areas.

 

“Over 3.98 lakh people are affected alone in Dhubri district, while 3.14 lakh affected in Morigaon, 2.36 lakh in Kokrajhar, 2.07 lakh in Bongaigaon, 1.84 lakh in Barpeta, 1.63 lakh in South Salmara, 1.44 lakh in Dhemaji, 1.14 lakh in Golaghat,” the top ASDMA official said.

 

Over 1.83 lakh people were forced to take shelter at 678 relief camps set up by the district administration in 15 districts.

 

 Meanwhile, Assam revenue and Disaster management minister Pallab Lochan Das and Chief Secretary VK Pipersenia in a Video Conference held on Sunday directed the Deputy Commissioners of the flood affected districts to gear up relief and rescue of the affected people on a war footing.

 

They also directed DCs to keep vigil on relief and rescue works upto the grass-root level by smoothly co-ordinating in all sphere.

 

During the video conferencing the minister also directed the DCs to distribute GRs door to door if situation arises.                            

 

It may be mentioned that NDRF and SDRF teams have already been deployed in fourteen and thirty locations respectively.

 

Moreover, army and air force teams have also been kept on the high alert.

 

Army has already been deployed in Kokrajhar, Nagaon (Kaliabor Sub-division) and Morigaon districts.

 

On the other hand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday talked over phone with Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and enquired about the scale of devastation caused by the current wave of flood in the state.

 

 

 

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