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Floods in Assam claim five more lives; over 1.73 lakh displaced

All the casualties took place in Barak Valley region — three in Cachar and one each in Hailakandi and Karimganj districts.

india Updated: Jun 17, 2018 19:22 IST
Villagers carry clean water as they wade across flood-affected areas at Nilambazar village, in Karimganj on Sunday. (PTI)

The floods in Assam claimed five more lives in Assam on Sunday, taking the total number of deaths to nine.

All the casualties took place in Barak Valley region — three in Cachar and one each in Hailakandi and Karimganj districts.

The number of affected districts came down to six — Karbi Anglong West, Hojai, Golaghat, Hailakandi, Karimganj and Cachar — from seven and the number of flood-submerged villages stood at 673.

According to state disaster management authority, over 4.48 lakh people are affected and more than 1.73 lakh displaced are taking shelter in 481 relief camps.

A total of 6,153 marooned people were rescued by NDRF and SDRF teams in Karimganj, Hailkandi and Cachar districts.

Several major rivers in the state continued to flow above the danger mark. The Brahmaputra was flowing above the danger level at Neematighat and Dhansiri at Numaligarh. Kapili, Barak, Katakhal and Kushiyara rivers also crossed the red mark at seven places.

A total crop area of 1,512 hectares continued to remain affected. Over two lakh domestic animals, including poultry, were also affected by the flood.

First Published: Jun 17, 2018 19:22 IST