Assam flood situation continues to improve, over 3.7 lakh still affected


Even as the flood situation in Assam continued to improve on Monday, over 3.79 lakh people across 10 districts still remained affected, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) daily flood report stated.

As many as 3,79,238 people of 416 villages in 10 districts are now affected, while 5.39 lakh people in 10 districts were hit by the calamity on Sunday.

With no fresh report of any deaths, the total number of persons losing lives in both the wave of floods across the state this year stands at 192, including 19 in landslides.

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Cachar is the worst-hit district with 2.08 lakh people reeling under the floods, followed by Morigaon (1,41,712) and Nagaon (24,525), the report stated.

The authorities are running 95 relief camps in Bajali, Biswanath, Cachar, Chirang, Dima Hasao, Kamrup, Morigaon and Tamulpur districts, where 20,964 people, including 5,515 children, have taken shelter.

Crops on 5,431.2 hectares and 99,654 domesticated animals have also been affected, the ASDMA report stated.

Houses, embankments, roads and other infrastructure have been damaged by flood waters in Cachar, Hailakandi, Karbi Anglong West, Udalguri, Dhemaji, Dhubri, Baksa, Barpeta, Kamrup, Morigaon and Tamulpur districts, the report stated.

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The 12 flood-affected districts are Bajali, Biswanath, Cachar, Chirang, Dima Hasao, Golaghat, Hailakandi, Kamrup, Morigaon, Nagaon, Sivasagar and Tamulpur.

Meanwhile, Assam fisheries minister Parimal Suklabaidya on Monday said the government will grant aid to the fish farmers of the state, who have incurred losses to the tune of over Rs 1,000 crore due to the devastating floods this year.

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday visited the flood and erosion hit areas of Hojai district and took stock of relief measures taken by the district administration. The CM inspected the erosion hit areas of the district and assessed the damages caused by the flood waters.

The Chief Minister also interacted with the local people and assured them of all necessary steps to check erosion and construction of an embankment to protect the area from floods.

Sarma also visited a flood relief camp in the district and inspected facilities provided to inmates of the camp. The Chief Minister later took part in a meeting with senior officials of the district and reviewed measures that have been taken to deal with the floods by the administration. Sarma instructed the concerned officials to submit report on the damaged caused by the floods so that repair work can be taken up early.

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