GUWAHATI, Sept 1: The flood situation in Assam has shown signs of improvement as floodwaters receded in several areas, leaving 3,24,938 people still affected by the floods on Friday, an Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) bulletin stated.
On Thursday, the number of affected individuals in the state was 4,03,313, with one casualty reported in Golaghat district.
Although there is an improvement, the Brahmaputra River continues to flow above the danger level in certain places, including Dhubri, Goalpara, Guwahati, Tezpur, and Nematighat.
Currently, 18 districts in the state are grappling with the impact of floods, namely Barpeta, Biswanath, Chirang, Darrang, Dhubri, Dibrugarh, Goalpara, Golaghat, Kamrup, Kamrup (Metro), Lakhimpur, Majuli, Morigaon, Nagaon, Nalbari, Sivasagar, and Sonitpur. This marks a slight improvement from August 31 when 19 districts were affected.
A total of 45 revenue circles and 898 villages are inundated under floodwaters, resulting in significant damage to crops, with 23,106.69 hectares of cultivable land affected. The floods have impacted 1,95,987 animals, including 1,21,691 large animals, 56,145 small animals, and 18,149 poultry. Thankfully, there are no reports of animals being swept away.
Currently, 96 relief camps are operational in the affected districts, providing shelter to 2,197 people. State Disaster Management Authority (SDRF) teams have evacuated 130 individuals from flood-hit areas, employing 28 boats during relief operations. Three medical teams are also delivering emergency medical care to affected people.
Furthermore, 89 relief distribution centers are operating in these districts, providing essential food items such as rice, pulses, edible oil, salt, and baby food, as well as cattle feed in the form of wheat bran.
Reports indicate that the floods have caused damage to roads and infrastructure in various districts, including Darrang, Goalpara, Udalguri, Morigaon, Nagaon, and Sivasagar. Erosion has been reported in several places, while a landslide destroyed a house in Haflong, Dima Hasao district, the bulletin added.
There were no fresh reports of fatality during the day, leaving the toll at 16.