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Assam flood toll at 87; CM visits flood and erosion-hit areas

Two more people lost their life to floods in Assam even as lakhs others were still affected by the deluge in the state.

A bulletin from the Assam State Disaster Management Authority on July 21 informed that a person died in Raha while another was reported dead from Morigaon. The overall toll due to floods in the state climbed to 87. Another 26 people have been killed in landslides so far.

As many as 24 districts in the state continued to reel under floods with 69 revenue circles and 2323 villages and localities affected by the same.

Over 24.19 lakh people were still affected by floods in the state, with Barpeta, Dhubri, South Salmara, Goalpara and Kamrup Metro among the worst-hit till now.

Nearly 45,000 displaced people were still taking shelter in 276 relief camps. Additionally, 121 relief distribution centres were also operational in the affected parts.

ASDMA on July 21 reported that the number of major rivers flowing above the danger level has increased to nine from six last evening, with the Brahmaputra over the red mark in five places throughout the length of the state.

Continuing his visit to flood-ravaged and erosion-affected parts of the state, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal visited the erosion-hit areas of Tulsijhara in Chirang district and flood-affected areas of Jamdaha in Bongaigaon district and assessed the devastations caused by river Aie.

Sonowal, interacting with media persons, said the flood waters of river Aie have destroyed huge tract of agricultural land and affected large numbers of people in both Chirang and Bongaigaon districts.

This has become a serious cause of concern for the local people, he said, adding that the state government will take prompt steps for finding lasting solution to flood and erosion caused by river Aie.

Referring to a question regarding water flowing down from Bhutan causing flood in Assam, the chief minister said the central government will take up the matter with the Bhutan government for bringing out an early solution.


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