Assam flood: Death toll rises to 20, over 9.26 lakh people of 23 districts affect

Guwahati, June 28: The flood situation in Assam turned worse on Sunday as the death toll rises to 20 and over 9.26 lakh people of 23 districts have been affected in the current flood.

On Sunday, two people drowned in floodwaters at Jonai area in Dhemaji and Udalguri districts taking the death toll to 20 this year so far.

According to the Assam Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), over 9.26 lakh people of 2071 villages in 23 districts – Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Udalguri, Darrang, Nalbari, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South Salmara, Goalpara, Kamrup, Morigaon, Hojai, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, West Karbi Anglong are affected in the second wave of flood.

The current wave of flood badly hit Barpeta district as more than 1.35 lakh people of the lower Assam district are affected.

Nearly 1 lakh people have been affected in Dhemaji district followed by 96,100 people in Nalbari, 96,000 people in Morigaon, 86,000 people in Goalpara, 73,400 people in Tinsukia, 58,000 people in Dibrugarh, 54,500 in South Salmara, 47,600 in Majuli, 47,000 in Darrang district.

The floodwaters have submerged 68,806 hectares of croplands and affected nearly 9 lakh domestic animals in the flood-hit districts.

On the other hand, 27,308 flood-affected people have taken shelter at 193 relief camps set up by the administration in flood-hit districts.

The NDRF, SDRF, civil defence teams and administration on Sunday had rescued 9303 people from flood-affected areas.

According to the ASDMA, the floodwaters have submerged 90 camps out of 183 camps in Kaziranga National Park and a large portion of Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, Orang National Park.

Following torrential rains, in the past couple of days, the water levels of Brahmaputra river have crossed danger level marks at Neamatighat in Jorhat district, Tezpur in Sonitpur district, Guwahati, Goalpara and Dhubri district while Burhidihing river flowing above the danger level at Chenimari in Dibrugarh district, Dhansiri river at Numaligarh in Golaghat district, Jia Bharali at NT Road crossing in Sonitpur district, Kopili river at Kampur in Nagaon district, Puthimari river at NH Road crossing in Kamrup district, Pagladiya river at NH Road crossing in Nalbari district, Manas river at NH Road crossing in Barpeta district, Beki river at Road Bridge in Barpeta district and Sankosh river at Golakganj in Dhubri district.