GUWAHATI, Sept 5 - The overall flood situation in the State worsened further with the number of affected people shooting up to 16,28,504. However, the official flood bulletin of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said this evening that the number of districts affected by the current wave of flood has come down to 20 from yesterday�s 21. During the past 24 hours, four cases of flood-related death have been reported from different flood-hit areas of the State, it said.
Meanwhile, the Brahmaputra is flowing above its danger level at Neamatighat, Tezpur, Guwahati, Goalpara and Dhubri. But the mighty river is maintaining a falling trend at Neamatighat, Tezpur and Guwahati, while at Goalpara, it is maintaining a steady trend and at Dhubri, it is maintaining a rising trend, said the evening bulletin of the Central Water Commission (CWC).
Brahmaputra tributaries Burhidehing (Khowang), Dhansiri (Numaligarh), Kopili (Kampur and Dharamtul), Puthimari (NH Road Crossing) and Beki (Road Bridge) are also flowing above their respective danger levels, said the CWC bulletin.
It further stated that the Kushiyara in the Barak Valley is also flowing above its danger level at Karimganj.
The Army is still engaged in rescue operations in Nagaon district, besides State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel. In Dibrugarh, Dhubri and Sonitpur districts, SDRF personnel are still at work, said the ASDMA flood bulletin.
The situation in Morigaon district worsened further today with its number of affected people swelling up to 2,26,879. Yesterday, the number of affected people was 1,64,466. However, the situation in Darrang and Barpeta districts seems to have slightly improved today with their respective number of affected people coming down to 2,25,453 and 1,83,237 today against the respective 2,29,469 and 2,34,578 yesterday.
In all, 1,45,049.31 hectares of cropland in 2,017 villages under 84 revenue circles of the State have been affected by the floodwaters.
As many as 2,26,280 flood-hit people are taking shelter in 294 relief camps set up by the authorities.