A flood affected woman prepares food on a embankment at Lahorighat in Morigaon district of Assam on July 12. Photo: Anuwar Hazarika

The flood situation in Assam continued to remain grim as more than 8.50 lakh population remained affected till date.  Another three persons have been reported to be killed due to flood and landslide in the last 24 hours in Golaghat and Dima Hasao districts.

With this the total death toll went up to six. Before that three persons lost their lives in the state.

As per official sources, 68 revenue circles of 21 districts of the state continued to reel under waters. So far, a total of 8,69,024 number of population have been affected in the recent wave of flood. Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Sonitpur, Darrang, Baksa, Barpeta, Nalbari, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Goalpara, Morigaon, Hojai, Nagaon, Golaghat, Majuli, Jorhat, Sibsagar, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts of Assam have been affected in the second wave of flood, said a report of Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA).

River Brahmaputra in Jorhat, Sonitpur, Kamrup, Goalpara and Dhubri districts, Burhidehing in Dibrugarh, Desang in Sibsagar,  Dhansiri in Golaghat, Jia Bharali in Sonitpur, Kopili in Nagaon, Puthimari in Kamrup,  Beki River in Barpeta, Katakhal in Hailakandi and Kushiyara in Karimganj  districts are flowing above danger level.

Train movement through Dima Hasao has been affected, with many trains cancelled or short-terminated as a result. The Brahmaputra was flowing above the danger level in five places, while several other major rivers were also in spate. NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) and SDRF (State Disaster Response Force) teams have been pressed into service in the flood affected areas for search and rescue operation.

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