Assam: Flood situation slightly improves, number of affected people comes down by 1.55 lakh

GUWAHATI: The current flood situation in Assam slightly improved on Thursday as the number of affected people came down by nearly 1.55 lakh, but around 4.93 lakh people were still distressed. The number of people reeling under the natural calamity now is about 4.93 lakh.

According to the daily flood report of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), the flood situation claimed lives of two children on September 2. One child each drowned in Chamaria of Kamrup and Mayong of Morigaon, taking the toll in the floods to five.

Two more persons have drowned, but the ASDMA said these were cases of “general drowning” and did not include them in the flood toll.

ASDMA further informed that more than 4,92,800 people are affected due to floods in 18 districts — Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Chirang, Darrang, Dhemaji, Dhubri, Goalpara, Golaghat, Jorhat, Kamrup, Kamrup Metropolitan, Lakhimpur, Majuli, Morigaon, Nagaon, Nalbari, Sivasagar, and Sonitpur districts.

The bulletin said Nalbari is the worst-hit district affecting nearly 1.11 lakh people, followed by Golaghat ( 91,500) and Darrang (84,100).

It further said authorities are running 105 relief camps and distribution centres in 12 districts, where 4,169 people, including 935 children, are taking shelter.

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Massive erosions have been witnessed in Barpeta, Biswanath, Bongaigaon, Chirang, Dhubri, Dibrugarh, Morigaon, Sonitpur, and Udalguri districts, the bulletin said.

Roads, bridges, and other infrastructure have been damaged by floodwaters in Cachar, Chirang, Darrang, Dhemaji, Goalpara, Golaghat, Lakhimpur, Nagaon, Darrang, Barpeta, Jorhat, and Morigaon, ASDMA said.

Meanwhile, the Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve authorities said 70 per cent area of the forest is still under water.

Due to flood-related incidents, nine hog deer, two swamp deers one each cap langur and python have died so far, while three animals have been rescued till now.

An alert has been sounded for Kokrajhar and Biswanath districts.

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