Assam floods: Toll climbs to 34, 11 lakh affected


Flood situation in Assam continued to remain grim today with three more persons losing their lives, taking the death toll to 34 in the current deluge in which over 11 lakh people have been affected.

According to Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), two persons were killed at Bilasipara and Chapar in Dhubri district, and one person lost his life at Barpeta town in Barpeta district.


With this, the death toll in the current wave of floods has gone up to 34 in the state.

The ASDMA said more than 11 lakh people are suffering across 1,659 villages in 21 districts. Till yesterday, nearly 17 lakh people were affected by floods across 2,266 villages.

As of now, the affected districts are 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.

Among them, Barpeta is the worst affected with nearly three lakh people still suffering, followed by Morigaon with almost 2.7 lakh and Goalpara with 1.4 lakh people hit by the floods.

Authorities are running 366 relief camps and distribution centres, where over 1.25 lakh people are taking shelter across 15 districts.

More than one lakh hectares of crop area are under the flood water across the state, besides washing away a number of roads, embankments, bridges and other infrastructure.

Currently, 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.

Meanwhile, Oil India Limited, as part of its corporate social responsibility, handed over a cheque of Rs 75 lakh to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.