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Assam floods: Ten more die, death toll reach 49 since August 1st week

Ten more people died due to flood-related incidents across Assam in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 49 in the second wave of floods in the state.

The second wave of floods in Assam, since first week of August, affected over 30 lakh persons in 24 districts.

Assam State Disaster Management Authority statistics said 31,54,882 persons in 2,584 villages in 24 districts were affected, as of Thursday. Close to two lakh hectares of agricultural lands is under water, the officials said.

The latest 10 deaths were reported from Dhemaji, Sonitpur, Barpeta, Dhubri, South Salmara, Morigaon, and Nagaon districts.

A total of 1,01,0135 persons were housed in 235 relief camps opened by district administrations across the state.

The Assam government had sought help of the Army and Border Security Forces to assist the National and State Disaster Relief Forces and civil administration in expediting relief and rescue operations.

The chief minister had gone to New Delhi on Wednesday to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and brief him on the devastation caused, including damage to road and bridges and other public buildings. Sonowal on Thursday held a meeting with high officials regarding the Assam floods.

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