Nearly 2 lakh people affected by floods in Assam, death toll rises to 15

Arshad Khan

Nearly 2 lakh people affected by floods in Assam, death toll rises to 15

Incessant rains upstream have worsened the flood situation in Assam with rising river levels. More than 190,000 people have been affected by the floods in the northeastern state of India.

One more person has died, bringing the death toll in Assam to 15.

Water levels in most of the rivers in the state have risen due to the flow from upstream, with many rivers flowing over the boundary line in different areas, the official bulletin said.

Due to rising water in the Brahmaputra river, ferry service through Nematighat in Guwahati and Jorhat has been stopped.

The Assam Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said one death was reported from Demou in Sibsagar district, taking the death toll in this year’s floods to 15.

At present 17 districts of the state are affected by floods. 190675 people in these districts have been affected due to flood. About 90,000 people were affected by the floods in the worst-hit Lakhimpur and Dhemaji districts.

A total of 427 people have taken shelter in two relief camps and various types of assistance are being provided to the flood victims from 45 relief centers.

ASDMA said that the local administration and SDRF are conducting rescue operations in various disaster areas.

The water of Brahmaputra, the main river of the state, is flowing over the border in Dibrugarh, Dhubri, Tezpur and Nematighat areas of Jorhat. Beside this, the waters of Beki, Zia-Bharali, Disang, Dikhou and Subansidi rivers are flowing over the border.

Crops of 8086.40 hectares of land were submerged in the flood. Besides roads, electric poles, schools and many other infrastructures were damaged.

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