Assam flood remains serious

Guwahati: With no sign of relief from flood waters in Assam, the situation continued to remain critical as 27 more villages were submerged on Thursday.

With this, about 1.2 lakh people have been affected in nearly 450 villages, official sources said.

According to Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), 27 villages are affected in five districts — Dhemaji, Chirang, Lakhimpur, Jorhat and Sivasagar.

The flood waters have destroyed standing crops like rice in around 6,500 hectares of agricultural land across 11 districts in the state.

As per ASDMA data, nine relief camps have been set up in Dhemaji and Chirang districts and about 3,000 people have taken shelter there. Meanwhile, the Brahmaputra at Nematighat in Jorhat district and Dhubri district, and its tributaries Burhidehing at Khowang in Dibrugarh, Desang at Nanglamuragat in Sibsagar and Beki at Road Bridge in Barpeta are flowing above the danger level. The 11 affected districts are Dhemaji, Tinsukia, Chirang, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat, Kamrup, Karimganj, Lakhimpur, Morigaon and Sivasagar. (PTI)

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