GUWAHATI, July 29 - Three more persons lost their lives in the current wave of floods taking the overall death toll in the State to 107. The deaths were reported from Barpeta, Kokrajhar and Kamrup districts.
Although the number of affected districts remains unchanged in the last 24 hours, the overall flood situation in the State is gradually improving, something evident by the dip in the number of affected population. Meanwhile, the Regional Meteorological Centre, Guwahati has predicted heavy rainfall in the next 72 hours.
Reports on Wednesday evening divulged that the total figure of affected population has come down from 19,81,801 to 16,54,984 in the districts of Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Darrang, Baksa, Barpeta, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South Salmara, Goalpara, Kamrup, Kamrup (Metro), Morigaon, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar and Dibrugarh.
Till reports last received, 1,536 villages under 54 revenue circles continued to reel under flood, while around 93,000 hectares of cropland have remained submerged.
As per the daily flood bulletin of Assam State Disaster Management Authority, 4,19,300 people in Goalpara district are bearing the brunt of flood. Further, as many as 37,012 people are taking shelter in 321 relief camps.
The Brahmaputra in Jorhat, Sonitpur and Dhubri, Dhansiri in Golaghat, Jia Bharali in Sonitpur and Kopili in Nagaon were flowing above the danger level till this morning.
In the past 24 hours, flood waters damaged a number of embankments in Bongaigaon and Golaghat districts along with a number of roads in Chirang, Barpeta, Lakhimpur, Udalguri and Golaghat districts. Incidents of flood-triggered erosion have also been reported from Baksa, Lakhimpur and Udalguri districts.
Altogether 26 camps in Kaziranga National Park, 12 camps in Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary and five camps in Orang National Park also got inundated by the flood waters.