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Flood situation improves, death toll 108


GUWAHATI, July 30 - The flood situation in Assam showed further signs of improvement on Thursday even as the death toll has touched 108 with one new case reported from Morigaon district. Till this evening, the total flood-affected population has come down from 16,54,984 to 12,01,382. Meanwhile, the number of flood affected districts has increased to 22 which include Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Sonitpur, Biswanath, Darrang, Baksa, Barpeta, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South Salmara, Goalpara, Kamrup, Kamrup (Metro), Morigaon, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar and Dibrugarh.

Today the Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC), Guwahati in its update predicted heavy rainfall in some isolated places of the State in the next 48 hours.

Till this morning, the Brahmaputra in Jorhat, Sonitpur and Dhubri, Dhansiri in Golaghat, Jia Bharali in Sonitpur, Kopili in Nagaon and Beki in Barpeta districts were flowing above the danger level.

In the affected districts, altogether 1,339 villages under 52 revenue circles continued to reel under flood waters and 29,981 affected people are currently taking shelter in 203 relief camps across the State. As on today, 82,170 hectares of cropland remained submerged.

In the past 24 hours, flood waters damaged a number of embankments in Udalguri, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar and Sonitpur districts along with a number of roads in Chirang, Lakhimpur, Golaghat and Morigaon districts. Incidents of flood-triggered erosion have also been reported from Biswanath, Lakhimpur and Sonitpur districts.

As many as 21 camps in Kaziranga National Park and three camps in Orang National Park are still under flood waters.

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