Assam: Flood situation still remains grim , new areas submerged

Assam: Flood situation still remains grim , new areas submerged

Assam: Flood situation still remains grim , new areas submerged

A forest guard of the Pobitora wildlife sanctuary crosses flood water from a camp at Mayong village, east of Gauhati, Assam.

An official report said the flood situation in Assam remains critical as new areas are submerged due to which almost four lakh people have been affected across 13 districts of the state.

One 22-year-old boy drowned in Khumtai in Golaghat district as the number of people hit by the monsoon-fed floods in the state reached close to 4 lakh on Wednesday.

These flood-affected districts include Lakhimpur, Jorhat, Golaghat, Sivasagar, Cachar, Dhemaji, Biswanath, Karimganj, Sonitpur, Hojai, Majuli, Barpeta, Chirang, Nagaon and Nalbari.

The floodwater has also hit standing crops in 14,884 hectares of agricultural land in the state.

The report said Karimganj in Barak Valley is the worst hit district with 1.61 lakh people affected, followed by Lakhimpur in Brahmaputa Valley with 77,974 flood-hit people. "The Brahmaputra river is constantly flowing above the danger level at five places including Guwahati".

Almost 24 thousand people are taking shelter at 108 relief camps. Almost 30,000 people have taken shelter in relief camps run by the state government.

In view of the damage caused by erosion during floods, Sonowal directed Water Resources Minister Mahanta to take necessary steps, including ensuring availability of anti-erosion material for prompt action at affected sites.

Meanwhile, India's state-run broadcaster - All India Radio (AIR) said weather department has issued a rain alert in Uttarakhand, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Jarkhand, Assam and Meghalaya.

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