Assam Floods: 18 Dead, Over 9.26 Lakh Affected Across 23 Districts
Floods have devastated the north-eastern state of Assam where more than 9.26 lakh people have been affected by the deluge. More than 27,000 people have lost their homes who have now been shifted to 133 relief camps. After three new deaths, the death toll in the state has reached 18.
Due to constant rains, the damage due to floods has almost doubled in the last 24 hours. By Saturday, 4,60,000 people were facing floods in Assam, which increased to about a million on Sunday evening. According to the bulletin of the State Disaster Management Authority, 2,071 villages in 24 districts of the state are affected by the deluge.
According to preliminary estimates, the maximum damage has been done in the Barpeta district where more than 1,35,000 people of 395 villages are affected. At the same time, about one lakh residents of 265 villages of Dhemaji and 96,000 people of 94 villages of Nalbari district are facing floods.
Due to heavy rains in the state, the gates of Kurichu Dam had to be opened after which the Brahmaputra, Beki, Manas, Pagaladia, Kaldia, and Pohumara rivers are in spate. There has been a lot of destruction in Nalbari and Barpeta district where the rivers are flowing above the danger mark. The Brahmaputra River is flowing above the danger mark in most parts from Upper Assam to Lower Assam. The Meteorological Department has predicted heavy rains till Tuesday, due to which the state government is on alert.
At present, the districts of the state which are at high risk due to the Brahmaputra river include Jorhat, Tezpur, Guwahati, Goalpara, Dhubri, Dibrugarh, Golaghat, Barpeta, Kamrup, etc.