File Photo: A damaged embankment washed out by the flood at Lahorighat in Morigaon district of Assam

The flood situation has further worsened in Assam, with death toll reaching 15 and affecting over 42 lakh population on July 15. Prime Minister Narendra Modi took stock of the situation in a telephonic conversation with Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, and assured of all cooperation from the Centre.

The number of affected districts has touched 30 on July 15, increasing from 29 affected districts a day before. Similarly, the number of affected population has increased to over 42 lakh.

Four deaths in floods were reported in the last 24 hours, taking the toll to 15.

More than 83,000 people are taking shelter in 183 relief camps in the state. Additionally 311 relief distribution centres have been opened in different parts of the state.

More than 90 per cent of Kaziranga National Park has also been inundated, and 11 animals killed so far, including six after being hit by vehicles. Vast tracts of Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary were also reeling under waters.

Water level of Brahmaputra at Nematighat in Jorhat district, Tezpur, Guwahati, Goalpara, Dhubri; Burhi Dihing at Khowang in Dibrugarh district; Subansiri at Badatighat in Lakhimpur district; Dhansiri at Numaligarh; Jia Bharali at NT Road crossing  in Sonitpur district; Kopili at Kampur and Dharamtul in Nagaon district, Puthimari at NH Road crossing in Kamrup district; Beki at Road Bridge in Barpeta district; Barak at AP Ghat in Cachar district and Badarpur; Katakhal at Matizuri  in Hailakandi district; Kushiyara and Sonkosh at Golakganj in Dhubri district were flowing over the danger levels.

National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) teams have been pressed into service in the flood-affected areas for search and rescue operation.

Meanwhile, speaking to Sonowal, Prime Minister Modi assured all support from the centre to bail the state out of the scourge of the situation. Sonowal apprised the prime minister of the large-scale devastation that the flood has had on the people and economy of the state and informed him about the details of relief, rescue and rehabilitation operations undertaken by the state government.

Modi assured all help, support and cooperation from the Centre to help the Assam government to bail out the situation and asked chief minister to undertake relief, rescue and rehabilitation measures on a war footing.

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