Assam flood situation remains grim, 6.47 lakh people hit

The flood situation in Assam remained grim with two more deaths reported on September 1 and around 6.47 lakh people affected in 22 of the state’s 34 districts, Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) officials said.

The officials said that a man in Sarthebari in Barpeta district of the state died while another in Majuli died because of the floods.

According to the ASDMA officials, the flood situation was very critical in western Assam’s Nalbari district where highest number of people (1,10,731) people were affected followed by Darrang district where 1,08,271 people were hit, followed by 1,03,768 in Lakhimpur; 94,927 in Golaghat; 52,461 in Majuli; and 29,917 in Dhemaji district were affected.

Around 40,000 hectares of crop areas have been inundated, the ASDMA officials said, adding that 1,295 villages in 57 revenue circles were affected by the flood.

A total of 24 relief camps and 61 relief distribution centres were opened in 10 districts to provide shelter to the flood-affected men, women and children. As many as 3,584 inmates were taking shelter in the relief camps as on September 1.

Over 70 per cent area of the world famous Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve, spanning Golaghat, Nagaon, Sonitpur, Biswanath and Karbi Anglong districts, has been inundated, affecting and killing some wild animals. A park official said that seven hog deer and two swamp deer were killed.

Over 4.45 lakh animals, including poultry, were also affected.

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