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State flood scene worsens, around 13 lakh hit

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, July 12 - The State flood situation further deteriorated on Sunday, affecting around 13 lakh people while claiming two more lives. According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority, both the fatalities were reported from Nagaon district.

The situation is likely to worsen further as the Meteorological Department has issued warning of heavy rainfall at isolated places in the next 72 hours.

The daily flood bulletin said that altogether 24 districts � Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Sonitpur, Udalguri, Darrang, Baksa, Nalbari, Barpeta, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, Goalpara, Kamrup, Morigaon, Nagaon, West Karbi Anglong, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia � were reeling under flood waters, affecting 12,97,241 people and 82,546 hectares of cropland.

Following incessant rainfall in most parts of the State, the Brahmaputra in Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Sonitpur, Kamrup (Metro), Goalpara and Dhubri, Subansiri in Lakhimpur, Burhidihing in Dibrugarh, Dhansiri in Golaghat, Jia Bharali in Sonitpur, Kopili in Nagaon, Puthimari in Kamrup, Pagladiya in Nalbari and Barpeta, Beki in Barpeta and Sankosh in Dhubri were flowing above the danger level.

At present, 21,071 flood-affected people are taking shelter in 224 relief camps.

Altogether 125 forest camps in Kaziranga National Park, 28 in Orang National Park and 12 in Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary have been affected in the floods.

During the past 24 hours, incidents of flood-triggered erosion have also been reported from Biswanath, Sonitpur, Nagaon, Udalguri, Chirang and Baksa districts.

Around 29 dykes till date have been demaged by floods. It was revealed by the State Water Resources Department during a review meeting held by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal here today. Even today floodwaters damaged a number of embankments in Kokrajhar, Sivasagar, Darrang, Udalguri, Jorhat, Kamrup and Baksa districts.

On Sunday, Sonowal took stock of the vast networks of embankments of the State as well of the embankments which sustained breach by the consecutive waves of flood and asked the department to repair the breached portion of the embankments on a war footing.

He also asked the department to delegate its field-level staff to maintain close surveillance on the embankments and take remedial steps if any part of the embankment is breached.

Sonowal also asked the in-charge Ministers to rush to their respective districts and expedite the relief and rescue operations along with district administrations.

Taking stock of the flood situation with Water Resources Minister Keshab Mahanta, Sonowal asked the MPs and MLAs to stand by the flood-affected people and lend their hands in relief and rescue operations. He also asked the Deputy Commissioners to take the help of NDRF and SDRF personnel.

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State flood scene worsens, around 13 lakh hit

GUWAHATI, July 12 - The State flood situation further deteriorated on Sunday, affecting around 13 lakh people while claiming two more lives. According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority, both the fatalities were reported from Nagaon district.

The situation is likely to worsen further as the Meteorological Department has issued warning of heavy rainfall at isolated places in the next 72 hours.

The daily flood bulletin said that altogether 24 districts � Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Sonitpur, Udalguri, Darrang, Baksa, Nalbari, Barpeta, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, Goalpara, Kamrup, Morigaon, Nagaon, West Karbi Anglong, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia � were reeling under flood waters, affecting 12,97,241 people and 82,546 hectares of cropland.

Following incessant rainfall in most parts of the State, the Brahmaputra in Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Sonitpur, Kamrup (Metro), Goalpara and Dhubri, Subansiri in Lakhimpur, Burhidihing in Dibrugarh, Dhansiri in Golaghat, Jia Bharali in Sonitpur, Kopili in Nagaon, Puthimari in Kamrup, Pagladiya in Nalbari and Barpeta, Beki in Barpeta and Sankosh in Dhubri were flowing above the danger level.

At present, 21,071 flood-affected people are taking shelter in 224 relief camps.

Altogether 125 forest camps in Kaziranga National Park, 28 in Orang National Park and 12 in Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary have been affected in the floods.

During the past 24 hours, incidents of flood-triggered erosion have also been reported from Biswanath, Sonitpur, Nagaon, Udalguri, Chirang and Baksa districts.

Around 29 dykes till date have been demaged by floods. It was revealed by the State Water Resources Department during a review meeting held by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal here today. Even today floodwaters damaged a number of embankments in Kokrajhar, Sivasagar, Darrang, Udalguri, Jorhat, Kamrup and Baksa districts.

On Sunday, Sonowal took stock of the vast networks of embankments of the State as well of the embankments which sustained breach by the consecutive waves of flood and asked the department to repair the breached portion of the embankments on a war footing.

He also asked the department to delegate its field-level staff to maintain close surveillance on the embankments and take remedial steps if any part of the embankment is breached.

Sonowal also asked the in-charge Ministers to rush to their respective districts and expedite the relief and rescue operations along with district administrations.

Taking stock of the flood situation with Water Resources Minister Keshab Mahanta, Sonowal asked the MPs and MLAs to stand by the flood-affected people and lend their hands in relief and rescue operations. He also asked the Deputy Commissioners to take the help of NDRF and SDRF personnel.

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