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Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Flood Situation Continues To Worsen In State; Over 3.4 Lakh Affected

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GUWAHATI, Aug 30: The flood situation in Assam continues to deteriorate, with more than 3,40,900 individuals bearing the brunt across 22 districts, according to the latest bulletin from the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) on Wednesday.

In the midst of intermittent rainfall, key rivers like Disang at Nanglamuraghat, Burhidihing at Chenimari, Subansiri at Badatighat, and the Brahmaputra river at various points such as Dhubri, Goalpara, Guwahati, Tezpur, and Nimatighat, are surging above the danger mark.

The tally of affected districts has surged from 21 on Tuesday to 22 on Wednesday. Among the impacted districts are Barpeta, Biswanath, Chirang, Darrang, Dhemaji, Dhubri, Dibrugarh, Goalpara, Golaghat, Jorhat, Kamrup, Kamrup (M), Kokrajhar, Lakhimpur, Majuli, Morigaon, Nagaon, Nalbari, Sivasagar, Sonitpur, Tamulpur, and Udalguri.

Altogether, 52 revenue circles and 818 villages are grappling with the inundation, as highlighted in the ASDMA bulletin.

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Majuli remains one of the hardest-hit areas with over 65,000 individuals reeling from the effects, followed by Golaghat with 58,439 and Biswanath with 36,671. Moreover, approximately 21,644.43 hectares of agricultural land are submerged under the floodwaters.

District authorities are currently managing 153 relief camps and 150 relief distribution centers, offering shelter to 1,308 displaced individuals. The deluge has also affected a staggering 3,02,932 animals.

Rescue operations, involving circle offices, local administrations, community members, and Aapda Mitra Volunteers, were carried out ceaselessly throughout the day in the affected regions.

Embankments were breached in Mangaldoi of Darrang district and faced damage in Kalaigaon of Udalguri.

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Multiple infrastructural damages were reported across various districts, including Darrang, Dhubri, Golaghat, Jorhat, Kamrup (M), Karimganj, Majuli, Morigaon, Udalguri, Dibrugarh, Lakhimpur, Nagaon, Nalbari, and Sonitpur.

Wildlife habitats at Orang National Park and Tiger Reserve, along with Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, have also suffered adverse impacts.

Massive erosions were reported from Barpeta, Biswanath, Bongaigaon, Dibrugarh, Majuli, Nalbari, Sonitpur, Tinsukia, and Udalguri.

As of now, no new reports of fatalities have emerged, and the death toll from this year’s floods remains at 15.

IMD forecast has predicted heavy rainfall at isolated places in the state for the next four days.

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