Assam floods claim lives of 24 people; nearly 10 lakh people affected across the state

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Guwahati, September 3: The number of affected people affected in Assam flood rose from 8.75 lakh to 9.98 lakh overnight, paralyzing normal life in the state. The government also increased the number of relief camps from 214 to 308 on Wednesday. As on date, there are 1.75 lakh inmates in the camps. Dibrugarh, the worst hit, has the bulk of the relief camps.

Around 92,000 displaced people are taking shelter in 144 camps opened by the district administration, official sources said. Some 227 villages in the district are under waters, besides twenty wards within the municipal area, affecting a population of 1.34 lakh with incessant rains sending Brahmaputra and its tributaries in spate.
The Assam government on Monday sought an interim relief of Rs 500 crore for relief, rehabilitation and repair works in flood-affected areas across the state, which has claimed lives of at least 24 persons so far.

ASDMA said over 7.35 lakh persons are affected in 18 districts of Dhemaji, Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon, Sonitpur, Barpeta, Goalpara, Morigaon, Cachar, Nagaon, Lakhimpur, Jorhat, Tinsukia, Darrang, Baksa, Nalbari, Udalguri, Kamrup and Dibrugarh districts.

Dhemaji is the worst-hit with over 3.4 lakh persons suffering due to the floods, followed by Lakhimpur with 74,156 people reeling under it. The flood waters have inundated over 1.5 lakh farm fields with standing crops, ASDMA said. Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger mark at Dibrugarh town, Nematighat in Jorhat district, Tezpur in Sonitpur and Dhubri town, news agency The North East Today reported.

Defence and disaster management personnel rescued over 500 marooned people on Wednesday in the Upper Assam district where the Brahmaputra continues to flow above the danger level. The Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger level throughout Assam, besides the Buridihing (Dibrugarh), Desang (Sivasagar), Dhansiri (Golaghat), Jia Bharali (Sonitpur), Puthimari (Kamrup), Beki (Barpeta) and Kushiyara (Karimganj).

The flood situation has also worsened at Demow where the water levels of the Brahmaputra, Dehing and Desang rivers continue to rise. Reports of fresh areas being inundated are pouring in from Barpeta where over 1 lakh people have been affected.

The daily flood report released by the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) on Wednesday evening said two persons drowned in Naduar area of Sonitpur district, while one person each lost their lives in Samaguri in Nagaon district and Mayong in Morigaon district.

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