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Dibrugarh dist reels under floods, one dies


DIBRUGARH, June 26 - Even as one flood-related death was reported from Tengakhat revenue circle this morning, the incessant downpour and the rising water level of the Brahmaputra continues to create havoc, affecting about 25,000 people severely in the district.

The flood-related death has been reported from Hatiali village, Tipling mouza under Tengakhat revenue circle and the deceased has been identified as Sanjay Goalla (55), Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA)�s district project officer Dipjyoti Hatikakoty told�The Assam Tribune.

The district administration has engaged SDRF personnel for rescue operations. Two boats have been pressed into service in Dibrugarh East. At least 33 marooned people have been evacuated so far, according to the district officials.�

Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) of Borborooah PS, Purnananda Saikia saved two boys from getting drowned near Lakhinagar yesterday. His daring act won him spontaneous accolades from senior district officials.

As per an assessment by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority, about 65 villages, 11 municipality wards, 593.26 hectares of crop area, about 30,641 cattle and approximately 13,354 poultry have been affected by the deluge.�

The number could rise further as the assessment by the department is ongoing. The flood-affected areas also include tea gardens, PWD roads and national highways.�

About 2,112 people, including women and children, have been sheltered in 20 separate relief camps in the affected areas and relief materials like rice, dal, salt and cooking oil were being distributed among the affected families by respective revenue circle offices. Drinking water and bleaching powder were being arranged by the Public Health and Engineering (PHE) department, officials informed. Certain municipality areas here have also been affected by floods.

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