GUWAHATI, Sept 3 - The overall flood situation in the State worsened further today with the number of affected people swelling up to around 14 lakh in 19 districts. Meanwhile, three more deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours from the flood-hit areas.
According to the evening flood bulletin of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority, Barpeta is the worst-hit district with over 2.19 lakh people affected, followed by Dhemaji with over 1.50 lakh, Morigaon with over 1.46 lakh, Dibrugarh with over 1.37 lakh, Nalbari with over 1.28 lakh and Sonitpur with over 1.26 lakh of people being affected by the current wave of flood.
In all, over 1.76 lakh hectares of crop area in 2,199 villages under 74 revenue circles of the 19 affected districts was damaged by the flood waters. Nearly 2.70 lakh affected people have taken shelter in 385 relief camps set up by the authorities. In Dibrugarh district, State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and National Disaster Response Force personnel are engaged in rescue operations, while in Nagaon and Sonitpur districts, SDRF personnel are engaged for the purpose.
The Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger levels at Nematighat, Tezpur, Guwahati, Goalpara and Dhubri, while its tributaries � Burhidihing (Khowang), Desang (Nanglamaraghat), Dhansiri (Numaligarh), Jia Bharali (NT Road Crossing), Kopili (Kampur), Puthimari (NH Road Crossing), Beki (Road Bridge) and Sonkosh (Golokganj) are also flowing above their respective danger levels. In Barak Valley, Kushiyara is flowing above its danger level in Karimganj.