GUWAHATI, Sept 2 - The flood situation in Assam continues to be grim and the number of people affected has shot up to nearly 10 lakhs, while four more deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours, even as the Army and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) have been pressed into service in Dibrugarh district to rescue affected people.
The daily flood report released by the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) this evening said two persons drowned in Naduar area of Sonitpur district, while one person each lost their lives in Samaguri in Nagaon district and Mayong in Morigaon district.
The report said that the number of districts affected by the current wave of floods has gone up to 19 and the number of affected people has increased to 9.98 lakh. Dhemaji district is the worst affected as 2.35 lakh people have been affected, followed by Dibrugarh where more than 1.34 lakh people have been affected by the devastating flood.
With the Brahmaputra and its tributaries still flowing above the danger level, there is no immediate chance of any let-up of the situation. The report said that the Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger level almost all throughout its course in the State. The mighty river is flowing above the danger level in Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Neamatighat, Tezpur, Goalpara and Dhubri. Other rivers, including Burhidehing, Desang, Puthimari, Dhansiri, Beki, Jia Bharali, Kushiyara, etc., are also flowing above the danger level.
The SDMA stated that the number of villages affected by the flood increased to more than 2,000. The administration has opened 308 relief camps where more than 1.75 lakh affected people are taking shelter.