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2 lakh people reeling under floodwaters

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, July 16 - Nearly two lakh people in the districts of Lakhimpur, Golaghat, Morigaon, Jorhat, Dhemaji and Biswanath of the State are reeling under floodwaters. According to the official flood bulletin issued by the Assam state Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) here this evening, a total population of 1,87,738 in 310 villages under 20 revenue circles of the above districts is affected by the current wave of flood and the Brahmaputra at Neamatighat in Jorhat district, the Dikhow at Sivasagar in Sivasagar district and the Dhansiri at Numaligarh in Golaghat district are flowing above their respective danger levels this evening.

In terms of the population affected by the floodwaters, Golaghat district with 76,009 people has emerged as the worst-hit district, followed by Jorhat district with a population of 51,562, Lakhimpur with a flood-affected population of 39,014 and Dhemaji with 19,693. Morigaon has a population of 992 and Biswanath has a population of 468 affected by the floodwaters, said the bulletin.

The floodwaters have affected a total crop area of 16,240.47 hectares and 815 bighas, said the bulletin.

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