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4.62 lakh hit by floods, 18 dead so far in State

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, June 27 - Incessant rainfall deteriorated the flood situation in the State further affecting a population of 4.62 lakh in 21 districts.

Two more deaths were reported in the last 24 hours � both in Goalpara district � taking the toll in the first wave to 18.

The Brahmaputra continued to flow above the danger level at Jorhat, Sonitpur, Guwahati, Goalpara and Dhubri. The Burhiding, Dhansiri, Jia Bharali, Puthimari, Manas and Beki rivers are also flowing above the red mark.

A total of 1,289 villages in 61 revenue circles of 21 districts have been affected by the surging waters.

An Assam State Disaster Management bulletin pegged the affected crop area at 37,313 hectares.

Around 19,496 people are taking shelter in 98 relief camps in 10 districts.

Several embankment breaches were reported from Sivasagar, Baksa, Dibrugarh, Barpeta, Morigaon, Udalguri and Nalbari. The flooding waters have also damaged several roads across the State, besides affecting a stretch of NH 37 at Dibrugarh.

At least eight bridges were either washed away or severely damaged during the last 24 hours.

Seventy eight camps in Kaziranga National Park have been affected in the floods while two of the camps have been vacated.

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