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Assam floods: Toll rises to 49, Rijiju conducts aerial survey of affected areas

The flood has affected over 17.43 lakh people in 26 of the state’s 32 districts.

india Updated: Jul 14, 2017 00:19 IST
Utpal Parashar
Utpal Parashar
Hindustan Times, Guwahati
Assam,Assam floods,Brahmaputra
Cattle take shelter at a highland in flood-affected Kamrup district in Assam on July 12.(PTI Photo)

Floods in Assam killed five more people on Thursday taking the death toll to 49 as situation remained grim with many rivers still flowing above the danger mark.

Union minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju conducted an aerial survey of flood-affected areas in the upper Assam region to take stock of the situation.

According to state disaster management authority, two deaths were reported from South Salmara district and one each from Golaghat, Lakhimpur and Nagaon.

Assam Floods in Figures
  • Population affected: 17,43,119
  • District affected: 26
  • Villages inundated: 2450
  • Crop area affected: 86,223 hectares
  • Relief Centres: 382
  • People in relief centres: 28,937
  • Houses damaged: 3,385

Over 17.43 lakh people in 26 of the state’s 32 districts remain affected. Official figures say nearly 29,000 people are taking shelter in 382 relief camps, though unofficial figure could be much higher.

The Brahmaputra continued to flow above the danger level at Neematighat, Guwahati, Tezpur, Goalpara and Dhubri while Burhidihing, Disang, Dhansiri and Beki crossed the red mark at one place each.

Kiren Rijiju, who reached Assam on Thursday, went to Lakhimpur, Dhemaji and Majuli where he held meetings with officials and visited relief camps.

“The steps taken by the state government and local administration to provide succour to the affected people are effective. The Centre would provide all the assistance needed,” Rijiju said in Lakhimpur.

A total of over 13 lakh domestic animals and poultry have also been affected by the recent deluge, with more than 3,300 houses damaged by the flood waters till Thursday.

First Published: Jul 13, 2017 23:19 IST