GUWAHATI, June 19 - The current wave of floods, which is the first wave of floods the State is facing this year, has claimed 17 human lives till date with fresh reports of six more cases of flood-related death reaching the State headquarters here today. Today was the seventh day of the current wave of flood.
Today, the number of flood-hit people also shot up to 5,64,074. Residents of 727 villages in the five districts of Hojai, Cachar, Hailakandi, Karimganj and Nagaon are reeling under floodwaters. However, only the crop areas of Morigaon and Lakhimpur districts have been affected by the floodwaters, said the Assam Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) in its flood bulletin here this evening.
However, indicating some improvement in the overall situation, only two rivers � the Dhansiri (South), the Barak � are flowing above their respective danger levels respectively at Numaligarh in Golaghat district and at Badarpurghat in Karimganj district. Till yesterday, the Barak was flowing above its danger level at Annapurnaghat in Cachar district too, while the Katakhal was also flowing above its danger level at Matizuri in Hailakandi district and the Kushiyara too was flowing above its danger level at Karimganj in Karimganj district.
The ASDMA bulletin said that today reports of four cases of death have been received from Karimganj district, while Cachar district also reported two such cases of death.
The teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) today rescued 9,250 marooned people from the flood-hit areas of Cachar district.
Altogether 236 relief camps are operational in Cachar (54), Karimganj (67), Hailakandi (144) and Nagaon (1) districts with 1,57,524 inmates, 4844 among them are children. In total, 221 relief distribution centre are also operational in Cachar and Karimganj districts, said the bulletin.
It said that fresh incidents of landslide have occurred at Nchureloa village under Haflong Revenue Circle in Dima Hasao district in which 15 houses were fully damaged. An incident of landslide has also been reported from the Kharghuli area of Guwahati city. However, no report of casualty has been received from that area till this evening, said the bulletin.