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Flood claims 2 in Dibrugarh dist

By Staff correspondent

DIBRUGARH, July 29 - The devastating flood has claimed two human lives and as many as 35 heads of cattle in the district. Meanwhile, floodwaters have been receding from most of the submerged areas.

The flood-related deaths have been reported from Metekani and Bogibeel village under the Dibrugarh West Revenue Circle. Gunitha Tudu drowned at Metekani, while one Sankar Singh was found dead at Bogibeel. Cattle and bird deaths have been mostly reported from Chabua and Dibrugarh West Revenue Circle.

Two embankments of the Dehing river have been damaged at the Moran and Dibrugarh West revenue circles. At Moran, the embankment was breached from Sesughat to Joangaon, while in Dibrugarh West, the breach has been reported from Gogamukh to Sessamukh.

As the water level of the Brahmaputra came down the danger level today, floodwaters subsided in most areas. But the Dehing river is still flowing above the danger mark at Khowang.

As the majority of the flood-affected people have returned to their homes, the total number of relief camps came down to 22 with about 3,500 inmates. As per today�s update, the total number of flood-affected villages has come down to 101.

The administration has also set up at least nine camps in different parts of the district. Distribution of relief materials like rice, dal, salt and fodder is on in the affected areas, officials of the administration said.

Meanwhile, in view of the magnitude of the disaster, the authorities of the Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Limited (BCPL) distributed food items, mosquito repellents and candles among the flood victims taking shelter near the plant site at Lepetkata.

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