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Assam floods: Death toll rises to 16

September 04, 2008 18:39 IST

Assam's flood situation worsened further on Thursday with the Brahmaputra and its tributaries breaching more embankments as the death toll rose to 16, with the drowning of one person in worst-affected Majuli, the world's largest inhabited river island.

Official sources said that the person drowned in upper Majuli's Dangdhora area, raising the death toll in the state to 16.

Two more main roads in the island have been breached at two places, at Thakur Khute and Totoya, while road links between lower, upper and northern Majuli have been completely disrupted.

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, who had made an aerial survey of the island on Wednesday, has announced that flood victims would be adequately compensated and from next year all government offices would have raised platforms.

Nearly two lakh people have been affected and almost the entire island was under the rising water of the Brahmaputra.

The situation in Lakhimpur district also deteriorated with the Dikrong river breaching an embankment at Morisapathar-Ahomgaon area of the district, while an embankment of the Brahmaputra was in a vulnerable condition at Bohori in Barpeta district.

The embankment of the Pahumara River in Barpeta district was made vulnerable to breaches due to continuous erosion.

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