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Over 2.5 lakh people hit by floods

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Aug 17 � The four districts of Dhemaji, Sonitpur, Jorhat and Dhubri have been affected by the current wave of flood that started on August 15, while Barpeta district is reeling under flood since July 29. A population of around 2.5 lakh has been affected by the flood in 327 villages of nine revenue circles since August 15, said the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) sources here.

Meanwhile, the Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger level at Neamatighat, while its tributaries Dhansiri (South) is flowing above the danger mark at Numaligarh, Jiabharali is flowing above the danger mark at NT Road Crossing and the Beki is also flowing above the danger mark at the Road Bridge point.

In Barpeta, six villages of the Baghbor Revenue Circle, in Dhemaji, 261 villages in the Revenue Circles of Sis Bargaon, Dhemaji, Gogamukh and Jonai, in Sonitpur 22 villages of Gohpur and Helem Revenue Circle, in Jorhat, two villages of Teok Revenue Circle and in Dhubri, 34 villages of Mankachar Revenue Circle have been affected by the flood since July 29.

The flood that has been creating havoc in Dhemaji since August 15, has left four persons dead and has landed 7190 persons in the relief camps. However, a favourable weather condition resulted in the slight improvement in the flood condition of the district, official sources said.

The flood has affected a population of 1, 54,488 and an area of 28,295 hectares in 261 villages of the district. The Jiadhal and the Gai rivers created problem for the district, said the sources.

Three of dead have been identified as Bipul Narzary (35) in Dhemaji Revenue Circle and the two women Mula Chutiya (65) and Gramin Kuli (55) of the Sisbargaon Revenue Circle. The unidentified person is a 21-year-old youth, sources said.

The All Assam Students� Union (AASU) has alleged that the State Government has not taken any step to supply clothes and baby food to the flood victims of Dhemaji and Lakhimpur districts. The Government has also failed to take any step to provide medical aid to these people, said the AASU in a statement.

It has demanded that the Government should initiate measures in a war footing to provide medical aid, baby food, clothes to the people and fodder for their cattle heads.

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