GUWAHATI, July 27 - Following incessant rainfall in many parts of the State, the flood situation of Assam continued to be grim till 5:30 pm of Monday even as the flood-induced death toll increased to 103 with one new fatality reported from Golaghat district.
Still, as stated by the daily flood bulletin of Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), the number of flood-affected population has decreased to 22,33,920 by this evening from a peak of 35 lakh recorded on July 18.
Among those currently affected, 45,565 people are taking shelter in 432 relief camps across the State. Along with settlements, floodwaters also submerged 1,09,236.62 hectares of cropland in the affected districts.
But the State may not witness any improvement in the flood situation soon, as rainfall continues in most part of Assam and even the Regional Meteorological Centre, Guwahati on Monday forecast heavy rainfall at isolated places in the next 72 hours.
Today, the number of flood-affected districts has got reduced to 22, which includes Dhemaji, Sonitpur, Biswanath, Darrang, Baksa, Nalbari, Barpeta, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South Salmara, Goalpara, Kamrup, Kamrup (Metro), Morigaon, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar and Dibrugarh districts. In these districts, the deluge affected 2,026 villages under 64 revenue circles.
Aggravating the situation, the Brahmaputra in Jorhat, Sonitpur, Goalpara and Dhubri, Dhansiri in Golaghat, Jia Bharali in Sonitpur, Kopili in Nagaon and Beki in Barpeta districts were also flowing above the danger level till Monday morning.
In the past 24 hours, floodwaters damaged a number of roads in Baksa, Bongaigaon, Jorhat, Dibrugarh, Nagaon and Nalbari districts. Incidents of flood-triggered erosion have also been reported from Bongaigaon, Majuli and Udalguri districts in the same period.
The flood situation in Kaziranga National Park, Orang National Park and Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary remained unchanged too.