Assam floods: Over 3 lakh people still affected, 416 villages submerged

Over 3.79 lakh people are still in the grip of floods in 10 districts of Assam, which were hit by heavy rains last month, an official bulletin said. According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), no one died due to drowning during the day, taking the death toll in floods and landslides this year to 192.

379,200 people are still affected by the floods in Bajli, Vishwanath, Cachar, Chirang, Hailakandi, Kamrup, Morigaon, Nagaon, Sivasagar and Tamulpur districts. Overall, about 5.39 lakh people have been affected due to the floods in these 10 districts.

Cachar is the worst affected state with over 2.08 lakh people affected by the floods, followed by Morigaon with around 1.42 lakh people affected. At present, 416 villages in the state are submerged in water, with 5,431.20 hectares of crop area damaged, the ASDMA bulletin said.

Authorities are running 102 relief camps and distribution centers in eight districts where 20,964 people, including 5,515 children, have taken shelter. 77.1 quintals of rice, pulses and salt, 327 liters of mustard oil and other relief materials have been distributed in flood-affected areas since Sunday, with embankments, roads, bridges and other infrastructure damaged due to floods at many places in Assam. These include Udalguri, Dhemaji, Dhubri, Baksa, Barpeta, Kamrup and Morigaon.

As of now, no river is flowing above the danger mark, the bulletin said.

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