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Flood Situation Sees Slight Improvement In State

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GUWAHATI, Aug 27: The flood situation in Assam has exhibited marginal improvement as the number of affected individuals dropped to 45,354 from the previous count of 53,340, according to a bulletin released by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) on Sunday.

The plight remains a concern as the number of affected districts has increased to eleven. Biswanath, Chirang, Dhemaji, Dhubri, Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Kokrajhar, Lakhimpur, Majuli, Sonitpur, and Tamulpur bear the impact of the flooding.

Dhemaji remains the district most adversely affected, with over 19,601 individuals grappling with the consequences. Lakhimpur and Dibrugarh follow with 8,338 and 7,338 affected individuals respectively.

The flooding has resulted in the submersion of approximately 1,753.16 hectares of agricultural land throughout the day, as highlighted in the ASDMA bulletin. A total of 154 villages have been affected by the inundation.

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Several major rivers, including Beki at Road Bridge, Disang at Nanglamuraghat, Dikhou at Sivasagar, and the Brahmaputra at Dhubri, Tezpur, and Nimatighat, are currently flowing above the danger level.

Efforts to provide relief continue, with the district administrations of Dhemaji, Dibrugarh, and Sonitpur operating 25 relief camps and distribution centers.

However, the challenges persist as multiple infrastructures, notably roads, have suffered damage in Karimganj, Chirang, Dibrugarh, Karbi Anglong, and Sonitpur.

The day brought reports of substantial erosions from various regions, including Biswanath, Bongaigaon, Dhubri, Goalpara, Sonitpur, and Tinsukia. Additionally, a landslide was reported in Dima Hasao.

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Considering the meteorological predictions, the Central Water Commission (CWC) advisory warned of very heavy rainfall anticipated in Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, and specific districts in Assam. Consequently, water levels are projected to rise in the northern tributaries of the Brahmaputra in these districts and in the Brahmaputra’s middle and lower regions. The advisory also alerted to the expected rise in water levels in the Barak river and its tributaries due to heavy rains in Dima Hasao and Cachar.

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