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Flood situation remains grim in Assam

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Guwahati: Flood situation in Assam remained critical today with two more deaths reported, taking the toll to 31 and affecting nearly 17 lakh people, across the state.

According to Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), the floods claimed two lives at Bokakhat in Golaghat district, taking the death toll in the current wave of flood to 31.

Nearly 17 lakh people in 2,266 villages of 21 districts are still affected.

The affected districts are Lakhimpur, Golaghat, Jorhat, Bongaigaon, Dhemaji, Barpeta, Goalpara, Dhubri, Darrang, Morigaon, Sonitpur, Nalbari, Sivasagar, Kokrajhar, Dibrugarh, Biswanath, Kamrup Metropolitan, Nagaon, Kamrup, South Kamrup and Karbi Anglong.

Morigaon is the worst affected with nearly 3.5 lakh people hit, followed by Darrang and Goalpara where around 1.4 lakh and 1.38 lakh people are affected respectively, it said.

Authorities are running 463 relief camps and distribution centres, where almost 1.5 lakh people are sheltered in the districts.

Nearly 1.5 lakh hectares of crop area are still submerged and a number of roads, embankments, bridges and other infrastructure have been washed away, the ASDMA report said.

The Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger mark at Nematighat in Jorhat, Goalpara and Dhubri towns while its tributaries Dhansiri crossed the mark at Numaligarh in Golaghat, Jia Bharali at NT Road Crossing in Sonitpur, Puthimari at NH Road Crossing in Kamrup and Beki at Road Bridge in Barpeta, it said.

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