Seven more die in Assam floods, 12 lakh affected


Seven more die in Assam floods, 12 lakh affected

The toll in the Assam flood has risen to 44 with five more deaths being reported on Wednesday, July 12, 2017.

The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) on Saturday said that 11,93,458 people have been suffering in 1,795 villages in 24 districts. One death each was also reported from Goalpara and Golaghat district during the day.

The ASDMA said over 10 lakh people are now affected in Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Darrang, Nalbari, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Chirang, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South almara, Goalpara, Morigaon, Nagaon, Karbi Anglong, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar, Karimganj and Cachar districts. Mr. Sarma said, almost 4 thousand villages have been affected in 29 districts in the current wave of floods.

In Morigaon district, where the Brahmaputra had caused a major breach on a newly-constructed embankment on Saturday night, at least three persons had died after being washed away by the floods on Monday, official reports said.

Officials said that close to 25,000 flood-affected people are taking shelter in 129 relief camps set up by the government in different districts.

Other rivers flowing above the danger mark include Dhansiri at Numaligarh, Barak at AP Ghat in Cachar and Badarpurghat in Karimganj, Katakhal at Matizuri in Hailakandi and Kushiyara at Karimganj town.

The Assam minister also instructed to the district commissioners to conduct extensive medical camps in the flood-hit areas once the flood waters gradually receding. Talking to the media, Lakhimpur Deputy Commissioner Barun Bhuyan said that an expert team from the State Water Resources department would visit North Lakhimpur on July 19 to find out a temporary preventive measure to channel out the flood water induced by NEEPCOs Ranganadi Hydro Electrical Plant. On Monday, popular singer and musician Zubeen Garg launched a road-show to collect funds and relief materials for the flood-affected people, while Northeast Frontier Railway offered 2500 cartons of packaged drinking water bottles.

Relief materials have been distributed by various organisations to the flood-affected people in North Lakhimpur.