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flood situation worsens

The flood situation in Assam worsened as two children drowned in Dhemaji and more than five lakh people were affected in 14 districts due to the rising of River Brahmaputra and its tributaries.

india Updated: Jul 04, 2003 16:17 IST

The flood situation in Assam on Thursday worsened as two children drowned in Dhemaji and more than five lakh people were affected in 14 districts due to the rising of River Brahmaputra and its tributaries, official sources said here today.

In worst-hit Dhemaji district, flood waters have inundated 95 villages affecting more than 40,000 people and damaged crops worth Rs six lakh.

Road and rail communication in the district remained disrupted and there was an acute shortage of essential commodities in the district, the sources said.

In Dhubri district's South Salmara and Mankachar subdivisions the water level of Brahmaputra is rising and more than 40,000 people of 70 villages have been affected due to the current wave of floods.

The district authorities have pressed engine boats into service for rescue operations in the district with road communication disrupted in several places and 12 embankments breached.

In Nagaon district the rising waters affected 40 villages with a population of more than 10,000, while road link was disrupted in several places. In Hojai sub-division of the district, the waters of Kopili were rising and there was a breach of embankment at Jamunamukh, inundating 15 villages.

First Published: Jul 04, 2003 16:17 IST