Assam floods: 7 dead, 4 lakh affected

  • Digambar Patowary, Hindustan Times, Guwahati
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  • Updated: Aug 24, 2014 23:01 IST
  • Cows swimming

    Cows wade through the flood waters at Mayong village in Assam after floods hit the state. (Reuters Photo)

  • Bamboo bridge

    Villagers use a makeshift bamboo bridge to move across flooded areas of Morigaon district in Assam. (Reuters Photo)

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    A villager uses a boat to transport firewood through floodwaters as a resident and child sit alongside cattle on partially submerged farmland at Buraburi village ...

  • Assam floods

    Parents with their children wade through a waterlogged GS Road after heavy showers in Guwahati. (PTI Photo)

  • Boat

    Two boys paddle their boat through flood affected Pabhokati village after a heavy downpour in Morigaon distrct, Assam. (PTI Photo)

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    People holding each others hands to move across a waterlogged road at Chandmari in Guwahati after a heavy shower. (PTI Photo)

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    A man carries his child, wades through a waterlogged road after a heavy downpour at Chandmari in Guwahati. (PTI Photo)

The  flood situation in Assam worsened on Sunday after the Brahmaputra and its tributaries in the state inundated large number of villages and resulted in the death of seven persons.

Over four lakh people in 15 districts of the state have been affected by the flood.

The Brahmaputra and its tributaries are flowing above the danger level at Nematighat, Dhubri, Dibrugarh, Jai Bharali in Sonitpur, Kopili at Kampur and Beki in Barpeta.

Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi on Sunday directed the revenue and disaster management department to rescue the marooned people and to gear up relief and rehabilitation of the flood affected people on a war-footing. In a statement on Sunday, the CM asked the officials to be in constant touch with the administration of the flood hit districts to provide succour to the affected. 

Altogether 15 districts  —Dhemaji, Jorhat, Dibrugarh, Golaghat, Sivasagar, Sonitpur, Lakhimpur, Nalbari, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Morigaon, Kamrup, Dhubri, Kokrajhar and Karbi Anglong have been affected by the flood. The situation has improved in Dhubri, Kokrajhar and Karbi Anglong districts. Over 4.14 lakh people have been affected covering 1,066 villages. 90,867 hectare of cropland has been affected.

Two people have died in Morigaon while one death has been reported in the districts of Lakhimpur, Dhubri, Nalbari, Golaghat and Barpeta, taking the toll so far in the floods to seven. 2,424 marooned have been evacuated and moved to safer places. 118 relief camps have been opened providing shelter to 95,922 inmates.

 

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