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23 dists in State reeling under flood


GUWAHATI, June 28 - The second wave of flood has affected more the nine lakh people and claimed the lives of two more persons in the State in the past 24 hours. The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) on Sunday said that the fatalities have been reported from Dhemaji and Udalguri districts.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah today telephoned Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and inquired about the flood situation in the State. Shah also inquired about measures taken for relief and rehabilitation of the flood-affected people.

Sonowal informed Shah that the State government had been taken all measures to manage the flood situation and said that district administrations have been directed to speed up relief operations while observing COVID-19 protocols.

Shah assured all help and cooperation from the Central government in managing the problems of flood and erosion. He also offered his condolences to the families of those who have lost their near and dear ones in the natural calamity.

According to the ASDMA, altogether 23 districts � Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Udalguri, Darrang, Nalbari, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South Salamara, Goalpara, Kamrup, Morigaon, Hojai, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia and West Karbi Anglong � were reeling under flood affecting 9,26,059 people. Among them, 27,308 are taking shelter in 193 relief camps.

A total of 1,35,415 people have been affected in 395 villages of Barpeta district. Across the State, the flood has affected 2,071 villages and submerged 68,806.73 hectares of cropland.

Floodwater also affected 5,86,407 big animals, 3,08,866 small animals and 6,32,559 poultry.

Following incessant rainfall in many parts of the State, the Brahmaputra in Jorhat, Sonitpur, Kamrup (Metro), Goalpara and Dhubri, the Burhidehing in Dibrugarh, the Dhansiri in Golaghat, the Jia Bharali in Sonitpur, the Kopili in Nagaon, the Puthimari in Kamrup, the Pagladiya in Nalbari, the Manas and Beki in Barpeta and the Sonkosh in Dhubri were flowing above the danger level.

The floods have also hit Kaziranga National Park severely affecting 90 camps, two of these being vacated by forest staff. Flood has also damaged a number of embankments in Lakhimpur, Dibrugarh, Barpeta, Udalguri, Kamrup, Dhubri, Majuli and Kokrajhar districts along with a number of roads in Dhemaji, Majuli, Barpeta, Udalguri, Biswanath, Kokrajhar, Tinsukia, Jorhat, Dhubri, Morigaon and Hojai districts in the past 24 hours.

Incidents of flood-triggered erosion have also been reported from Biswanath district.

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