Over eight lakh people in 21 districts out of 33 districts in Assam have been badly affected by the floods, with a death toll of six. The major rivers in the flood-striken state, Dhansiri, Brahmaputra, Desang, Puthimari, Beki, Jia Bharali, Burhidihing, Katakhal and Kushiyara are overflowing.
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According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), over 8.69 lakh people in 1,556 villages of 68 revenue circles have been affected by the second wave of flooding in the state. The ASDMA said that over 7,600 people have left their homes and taken shelter in relief camps. The floods have also destroyed farm crops.
Reports say the tea-rich districts Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Bongaigaon an Barpeta have been the worst hit. ASDMA said Barpeta to be the worst-hit with over 85,000 people seeking shelter. Officials said the situation will be further worsened as floodwaters from the higher areas will flow towards the valleys. “Floodwaters also entered Kaziranga National Park in Upper Assam, whereby animals were forced to take shelter on platforms constructed for their safety during floods,” the officials said.
The Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal after assessing the situation on Thursday, directed the deputy commissioners to set-up round-the-clock control rooms and respond to people’s calls for help during emergency. The state’s water resources minister, Rajiv Lochan Pegu had earlier said that several roads and embankments have been eroded and approaches of bridges and culverts are washed away by the flood water. “The actual quantum of flood damage can be ascertained only after flood water recedes,” Pegu explained. “We will then prepare a detailed list of flood damaged schemes and the approximate amount for their repair and restoration,” he said.