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State floods hit over 16 lakh people

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, July 27 - Floodwaters have spread to 21 districts of the State today, affecting a population of 16,68,865. The worst-hit districts include Lakhimpur, Golaghat, Jorhat, Dhemaji, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Goalpara, Dhubri, Morigaon, Darrang and Nalbari, in each of which over one lakh people have been affected, said the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) in its evening flood bulletin. It also stated that the flood-related death toll has also gone up to three in the State.

Meanwhile, the India Meteorology Department (IMD) has forecast �very likelihood� of rain or thundershowers at many places over Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Meghalaya and at a few places over Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura. It has also warned that heavy rain is very likely to occur at isolated places over Arunachal Pradesh on July 29, 30 and 31. Over Assam and Meghalaya, there is a �very likelihood� of occurrence of such heavy rain on July 28 and 29 and over Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura, such occurrence is very likely on July 30 and 31. It further said that �heavy to very heavy rain� is very likely to occur at isolated places over Assam and Meghalaya on July 30 and 31.

The bulletin said that the authorities have opened 472 relief camps and 186 relief distribution centres that have been sheltering a total of

1,12, 853 people. In all, 2,964 villages under 76 revenue circles have been affected by the floodwaters, which have also damaged a crop area of 194309.12 hectares. Of the worst-hit districts, Morigaon district has the highest number of people � 2,48, 247 � affected by floodwaters. It is followed by Jorhat district with 2,02,512 of its population affected by the flood.

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