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26 killed, 1,096 villages under water in Assam floods

July 10, 2017 09:36 IST

The flood situation in Assam deteriorated further with one more person losing his life, while nearly five lakh people are hit across 15 districts.

According to a report by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority, one person died in the swirling flood waters in Karimganj district.

IMAGE: A woman with her child, in a utensil, moves to a safer place from the flood affected Khanamukh village in Morigoan, Assam. Photograph: PTI Photo

With this, the total number of persons losing their lives in this year’s flood-related cases has gone up to 26, including seven in Guwahati.

The ASDMA said more than 4.87 lakh people are currently suffering in Lakhimpur, Jorhat, Golaghat, Cachar, Dhemaji, Biswanath, Karimganj, Sonitpur, Majuli, Barpeta, Nagaon, Nalbari, Sivasagar, Morigaon and Chirang districts.

Till Saturday, 3.83 lakh people were affected in the latest wave of flood across the state.

IMAGE: Due to the floods, many roads, embankments and bridges have been damaged in several districts, including Majuli, Dhemaji, Morigaon, Biswanath, Sivasagar, Golaghat, Jorhat, Karimganj, Sonitpur and Nagaon. Photograph: Rediff.com

Around 1,096 villages are under water and nearly 41,200 hectares of crop area have been damaged, ASDMA said, adding, the worst affected is Lakhimpur, where over 1.21 lakh people have been affected by the deluge, followed by Karimganj with more than 1.19 lakh sufferers.

Authorities are running 181 relief camps and distribution centres in 10 districts, where 17,744 persons are currently taking shelter.

IMAGE: Across the state, 1,88,148 animals and poultry have been affected by the flood waters. 
Photograph: Rediff.com

Across the state, 1,88,148 animals and poultry have been affected by the flood waters.

Due to the impact of flood waters, many roads, embankments and bridges have been damaged in several districts, including Majuli, Dhemaji, Morigaon, Biswanath, Sivasagar, Golaghat, Jorhat, Karimganj, Sonitpur and Nagaon.

IMAGE: Villagers use a makeshift bamboo bridge to move across flooded areas of Morigaon district in Assam. Photograph: Anuwar Hazarika/Reuters

Currently, the Brahmaputra is flowing above danger mark at Nimatighat in Jorhat, Tezpur in Sonitpur, along with Dibrugarh, Goalpara and Dhubri towns.

Other rivers like Dikhow at Sivasagar town, Dhansiri at Numaligarh in Golaghat, Jia Bharali at NT Road Crossing in Sonitpur and Kushiyara at Karimganj town in Karimganj are also flowing above danger mark.

IMAGE: Authorities are running 181 relief camps and distribution centres in 10 districts, where 17,744 persons are currently taking shelter. Photograph: Rediff.com

Meanwhile, concerned over the grim flood condition in Assam, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and took stock of the prevailing situation in the state besides assuring him of all central help.

During the telephonic conversation, the prime minister enquired about measures taken by the Assam government to provide succour to the marooned people, damage caused by flood waters and status of relief and rescue operations.

IMAGE: PM Modi has assured all help to the state after having a call with Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. Photograph: Rediff.com
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