Assam floods: Death toll climbs to 34, over 110,000 people affected

  • PTI, Guwahati
  • Updated: Aug 01, 2016 20:57 IST
Villagers carrying flood relief items on a country boat in flood-affected Pasahbari ,30 km from Guwahati, in Assam. (PTI)

Three people died on Monday in Assam, taking the death toll to 34 in the deluge that has as affected more than 1.1 million people.

Two people were killed at Bilasipara and Chapar in Dhubri district, and one person lost his life at Barpeta town in Barpeta district, according to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA).

The ASDMA said 1,659 villages in 21 districts were affected by the floods, down from 1.7 million people affected across 2,266 villages till Sunday.

The affected districts include Lakhimpur, Golaghat, Jorhat, Bongaigaon, Dhemaji, Barpeta, Goalpara, Dhubri, Darrang, Morigaon, Sonitpur, Nalbari, Sivasagar, Kokrajhar, Dibrugarh, Biswanath, Kamrup Metropolitan, Nagaon, South Kamrup, Karbi Anglong and Chirang.

Barpeta district is the worst affected with about 300,000 people affected, followed by Morigaon (270,000) and Goalpara (140,000).

Authorities are running 366 relief camps and distribution centres, where over 125,000 people are taking shelter across 15 districts.

More than 100,000 hectares of crop area have been flooded across the state, and a number of roads, embankments, bridges and other infrastructure have been washed away.

The Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger mark at Nematighat in Jorhat and Dhubri town, while its tributaries Dhansiri at Numaligarh in Golaghat and Beki at Road Bridge in Barpeta are flowing above the normal level.

Oil India Limited, as part of its corporate social responsibility, has donated Rs 75 lakh to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.

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