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Flood waters receding in Assam; death toll increases to 109
Flood waters were receding in most parts of Assam as number of affected districts and population declined since July 30, though the death toll continued to increase on July 31.
One more person was killed in floods in the last 24 hours, taking the overall toll to 109, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority said in its bulletin on July 31.
The number of affected districts decreased by one and stands at 21, with 55 revenue circles and 1366 villages and localities still reeling under waters.
The affected population has also gone down by about two lakhs and currently 10.82 lakh people are still in distress.
More than 26,000 people are still displaced by this year’s flood and are taking shelter in 116 relief camps, while 21 relief distribution centres are also operational additionally.
Areas under Diphu revenue circle of Karbi Anglong district have been affected by urban floods, with over 900 people taking shelter in relief camps.
Rains in different parts of the state has fed the swelling rivers further, resulting in nine major rivers flowing above the danger level.
The Brahmaputra is flowing over the red mark in three parts of the state.
The flood situation in Kaziranga National Park is also improving with 17 forest camps out of total 223 camps still remaining affected, while three continued to be vacated.
Altogether 145 animals have been killed in floods, including by hit passing vehicles, in Kaziranga, and another 169 animals rescued so far. Parts of Rajiv Gandhi Orang National Park and Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary also remained affected by the floods.
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