Assam floods: Death toll rises to 190, new areas inundated

Image Source: PTI Silchar: Aerial view of flood affected area as seen by Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma during his survey

Assam Floods: An official bulletin said that the flood situation in Assam remained grim on Friday as three more people died and new areas were inundated, though the number of people affected by the floods has come down marginally. The daily flood report of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said that two people, including a child, lost their lives in the flood waters, while another person died in a landslide.

The total death toll in this year’s floods and landslides in the state now stands at 190. The number of affected districts has increased by two since Thursday, Karimganj, Morigaon and Nagaon.

28 revenue circles and 620 villages in 14 districts are in the grip of floods.

The ASDMA bulletin stated that 8,88,177 people are affected by the floods, with Cachar district being the worst affected as more than 5.63 lakh people are in distress. The total affected population as on Thursday stood at 9,06,000. More than 75,000 people have taken shelter in 173 relief camps, while another 19 relief distribution centers are also operational.

No embankment was breached in the last 24 hours, though one embankment was damaged in Karimganj district during this period. Large-scale erosion has been reported in Barpeta, Vishwanath, Bongaigaon, Darrang, Majuli, Morigaon, Nalbari, Tamulpur, Tinsukia and Udalguri districts, the ASDMA bulletin said.
There were also reports of landslides from Hailakandi and Karimganj districts since Thursday. The bulletin said that at present no river is flowing above the danger mark in the state.

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