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Assam flood death toll stands at 109, 20 districts still affected

The ravaging annual floods have claimed a total of 109 lives so far in Assam. A total of 20 districts are reeling under floodwaters, according to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority.

A total of 10,95,784 people and 76928.15 hectares of cropland across 1403 villages have been affected by the flood. So far 3,27,442 big animals, 1,51,431 small animals and 2,76,697 poultry are also affected.

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Several rivers including the mighty Brahmaputra in different parts of Assam are flowing above danger level, causing floods and consequently leaving thousands of families homeless.

The Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger level at Neematighat in Jorhat and Dhubri. Jia Dharali at NT Road Crossing and Kopili at Nagaon and Dhansiri at Numaligarh.

As per the latest data, the flood-affected districts are Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Darrang, Baksa, Nalbari, Barpeta, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, Goalpara, Kamrup, Kamrup (M), Morigaon, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli and Sivasagar district. A total of 127 relief camps have been installed. In the relief camps, there are so far 28,171 people.

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Meanwhile, the Kaziranga National park in Assam is badly affected with 55% area submerged and according to Forest department report, a total of 145 animals have died in this flood season and 169 animal have been rescued. 80 animals have died from drowning, 20 have died from vehicle hits and 17 died under treatment.

There are places of erosion at Sorai Chapori (Na-mati, Naromori, Dolijolia) under Dakhin Ahataguri GP, Bilotia, Huttar and Rioti under Ahataguri GP and Kartik Chapori under Kamalabari GP in Assam.

The affected districts are Sonitpur, Dibrugarh, Barpeta, Majuli, Lakhimpur, Udalguri, Nalbari, Chirang, Biswanath, Baksa, South Salmara, Sivasagar, Tinsukia, Golaghat, Charaideo, Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon, Nagaon.

The Brahmaputra and its tributaries have eroded away more than 427,000 (4.27 lakh) hectares of land since 1950 which is nearly 8,000 hectares.

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