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State flood scene unchanged, toll 97


GUWAHATI, July 25 - The flood situation in the State remained unchanged on Saturday with the deluge still affecting more than 26 lakh people. Meanwhile, with another fatality, reported from Morigaon district, the flood-induced death toll in the State has touched 97.

The situation is likely to deteriorate further as the Regional Meteorological Centre, Guwahati has predicted heavy rainfall in the next 72 hours in some isolated places of the State.

According to the daily bulletin of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), altogether 27 districts � Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Sonitpur, Biswanath, Darrang, Baksa, Nalbari, Barpeta, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South Salmara, Goalpara, Kamrup, Kamrup (Metro), Morigaon, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar, Charaideo, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, West Karbi Anglong and Cachar � are reeling under flood waters, affecting altogether 26,37,513 people in 2,370 villages under 71 revenue circles.

The Brahmaputra river in Jorhat, Sonitpur, Kamrup, Goalpara and Dhubri, Dhansiri in Golaghat, Jia Bharali in Sonitpur, Kopili in Nagaon, Beki in Barpeta, Kushiyara in Karimganj and Sankosh in Dhubri were flowing above the danger level.

Among the affected people, 47,772 are taking shelter in 564 relief camps across the State. Flood waters have submerged a total of 1,16,939 hectares of cropland and affected 9,07,375 big animals, 4,67,326 small animals and 9,52,781 poultry across the State.

In the past 24 hours, flood waters damaged an embankment in Biswanath district along with a number of roads in Lakhimpur, Dhubri, Chirang, Barpeta, Nagaon and Majuli districts. Moreover, a number of incidents of flood-triggered erosion have also been reported from Biswanath, South Salmara, Chirang and Majuli districts.

As many as 106 forest camps in the Kaziranga National Park have also been affected by floods. A number of camps in Orang National Park and Tinsukia Wildlife Division are also under water. In Kaziranga, floods have so far claimed lives of 127 animals.

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