Assam flood situation improves

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 22, 2017

No fresh deaths due to the deluge were reported and the toll stood at 70, an Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) report here said.

Till yesterday, the number of causalities was 202.

The districts still affected included Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Barpeta, Chirang, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South Salmara, Goalpara, Morigaon, Nagaon, Golaghat and Majuli. The first wave that ended mid-July had claimed 84 human lives.

Over 1.18 lakh hectares of farm land are under water, while large swathes of agricultural land covering almost four lakh hectares are still submerged. The the total number of deaths in this year's flood- related incidents has gone up to 151. Currently, 1,493 villages are underwater and 1.15 lakh hectares of crop are aisinundated.Officials said 33 more deluge-related deaths have been reported in Uttar Pradesh over the last two days.

The overall flood situation in the State has improved further with the heavy rainfall activities being confined only to isolated places over the NE region during the past several days.

Besides, flash floods and landslides have killed at least 65 people in five other states in the Northeast.

Till Saturday, 22 lakh people were struggling with the latest spell of floods across 16 districts.

The release of water in the rivers emanating from Nepal and incessant rains impeded rescue work and evacuation of people to safer areas.

Summary: Revenue department officials, however, said flood relief assistance is being extended as topmost priority.

A total of 51,192 people have been evacuated by National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), the Army and the police since the flood hit the state.

Almost 55 lakh people have been hit by the deluge in Cooch Behar, South Dinajpur, North Dinajpur, Jalpaiguri, Alipurduar and Malda.

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