Assam flood scene better but toll rises to 110

GUWAHATI: The flood situation in Assam improved further with less than four lakh people affected in 17 districts even as one death was reported in the past 24 hours from Bongaigaon district in lower Assam.

The overall deluge death toll in the state since May has gone up to 110 with the latest casualty in Manikpur revenue circle, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority informed on Monday evening.

The population affected in Goalpara district has also come down below two lakh. Bongaigaon (49,815 people) and Morigaon (48,198) districts too have witnessed a drastic dip in the number of people affected in the past few days.

A population of 7181 is currently taking shelter in 39 relief camps/centres across nine districts.

Despite decreased rainfall over the past few days, the Brahmaputra continues to flow above danger level in Jorhat, Sonitpur and Dhubri districts, the Central Water Commission reported on Monday morning.

However, the water levels of the river and its tributaries have receded in several other flood-hit districts. Going by CWC reports, the river water levels are likely to recede further in the next 24 hours.

“By tomorrow night, Brahmaputra is expected to fall by 19 cm compared to this evening,” the CWC reported.

Meanwhile, with the water level of the Brahmaputra receding in Kamrup Metro district, the Guwahati-North Guwahati ferry service resumed from Monday.

Sources in the Inland Water Transport department (IWT) said that only passengers would be permitted to travel with the prescribed COVID safety and social distancing protocols.

The ferry services between the two banks have remained suspended from June 22 after the river flowed above danger level.

 

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