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Death toll in Assam rise to 30, lakhs affected by flood calamity

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GUWAHATI, June 25: The state of Assam is currently grappling with catastrophic floods, resulting in the loss of 30 lives.

According to the latest report issued from the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), nine districts in Assam, namely Kamrup, Goalpara, Bajali, Karimganj, Cachar, Darrang, Nagaon, Barpeta, and Hojai, have experienced significant devastation due to the deluge.

 

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The report has also revealed that the floodwaters have affected a total of 21 revenue circles across the said districts.

The Kamrup district, in particular, has been severely impacted, with six of its circles being among the worst affected.

As per reports, 641 villages have been inundated by floods, impacting more than 170,000 individuals. Kamrup and Karimganj districts are experiencing the most severe consequences, with 239 and 244 villages affected respectively.

The agricultural industry has also taken a hit, with around 2,273.44 hectares of crop area being damaged.

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Currently, relief operations are in progress, with 140 relief camps established to offer shelter to over 13,000 individuals who have been displaced. To alleviate the distress of those affected, vital provisions like rice, dal, and medical assistance are being distributed.

The floods have taken a toll on livestock in Kamrup and Karimganj districts, impacting over 213,000 animals. Infrastructure in the state has also been extensively damaged, with 32 incidents reported.

Notably, rescue and relief operations are facing challenges due to severely damaged roads and bridges.

In Karimganj, essential roads such as Badarpur and KC Road have suffered considerable damage, necessitating immediate repair work. Likewise, in Darrang and Sonitpur districts, crucial roads and bridges have been affected, adding complexity to the ongoing recovery operations.

Efforts are now being escalated by authorities to evaluate the situation and offer essential assistance to impacted communities.

The increasing number of casualties and extensive destruction underscore the critical requirement for effective disaster management plans and durable infrastructure in flood-prone regions such as Assam.

The state is now maintaining a heightened state of readiness to minimize the effects of this devastating natural disaster and safeguard the welfare of all impacted individuals as relief efforts persist.

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