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Flood situation grim in Assam, seven dead

IANS  Guwahati, September 23, 2012
First Published: 15:16 IST(23/9/2012) | Last Updated: 15:24 IST(23/9/2012)

The flood situation in Assam is grim with over 800,000 people affected in at least 15 of the 27 districts in the state, officials said Sunday.


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Officials said that seven people have died in floods in various places during the past one week. Over 700 villages have also been submerged in the affected areas, an official said.

The government has sounded an alert, as water level in most of the rivers in the state continue to rise owing to incessant rains in some Upper Assam districts as well as in Arunachal Pradesh.

The flood situation is more serious in Kamrup, Jorhat, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Dhemaji, Lakhimpur and Sonitpur districts, according to the official.

A total of 16 teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), 60 army teams and 18 teams of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) have stepped up their relief and rescue efforts in some of the worst affected districts, the official said.


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