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Assam Floods: Seven-year-old dies in Barpeta; death toll reaches 40

A seven-year-old died due to drowning in Barpeta district of Assam on July 8, taking the death toll due to floods in the state to 40.

The minor belonged to Hahchara village in Barpeta district.

Floods in the state have now spread to 12 of the 33 districts, having affected over 1.7 lakh people as on July 8, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) daily bulletin said.

The bulletin said over one thousand are still homeless and taking shelter in 16 government-run relief camps, adding that over 26,000 hectares of crop area was inundated by the flood waters.

Barpeta district is still the worst-hit with over 65,000 people impacted, followed by Dhemaji with almost 50,000 people and Goalpara with more than 27,000.

The deluge has affected 48 animals in the Kaziranga National Park, submerging 13 of the 223 camps, according to the bulletin.

The Brahmaputra river is flowing above the danger mark at Nematighat in Jorhat and Dhubri town and its tributaries — Dhansiri in Golaghat, Disang at Sivasagar and Jia Bharali at NT Road Crossing in Sonitpur— are flowing above the danger level.

Embankments, roads, bridges, culverts and many other infrastructures have been damaged at various places in the affected districts.


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