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

Guwahati: An official bulletin said that over 3.79 lakh people are still in the grip of floods in 10 districts of Assam, which received heavy rains last month. 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.

Over 2.08 lakh people were affected due to the floods, with Cachar being the worst affected in the state, 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. Since Sunday, 77.1 quintals of rice, pulses and salt, 327 liters of mustard oil and other relief materials have been distributed in the flood-affected areas.

The floods have damaged embankments, roads, bridges and other infrastructure at several places in Assam, including Udalguri, Dhemaji, Dhubri, Baksa, Barpeta, Kamrup and Morigaon. As of now, no river is flowing above the danger mark, the bulletin said.