Assam floods: 108 dead, over 50 lakh affected in 32 districts

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The flood situation in Assam remained grim on Thursday as seven more people lost their lives in the disaster. Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has conducted an aerial survey of the town of Silchar which is badly affected by floods. The floods affected 45.34 lakh people in 30 districts.

The Chief Minister reviewed the flood situation in the Barak Valley region and announced that more troops would be sent to Silchar to rescue those trapped in the floods. “The NDRF, SDRF, army and other agencies are carrying out rescue operations. But more troops will arrive tomorrow to rescue those trapped,” Himanta Biswa Sarma said.

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The number of flood-affected people in 32 districts on Wednesday was 54.5 lakh. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the Center is continuously monitoring the flood situation in Assam and working closely with the state government to provide all possible assistance to meet the challenge.

“Teams from the army and NDRF are present in the areas affected by the floods. They are carrying out rescue operations and assisting those affected. rescue,” Prime Minister Modi said. Meanwhile, 108 people have died since mid-May, with two deaths each in Cachar and Barpeta, one each in Bajli, Dhubri and Tamulpur districts.

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The Brahmaputra and Barak rivers and their tributaries are in flood in most of the affected districts. However, flood waters have receded in some places. Four districts of Barak Valley, Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi are severely flooded. The Barak and Kushiyara rivers are flowing above danger level, affecting more than six lakh people.

Officials said the situation in Barpeta is the worst where 10,32,561 people have been affected by the floods. 4,29,166 people were affected in Kamrup, 4,29,166 in Nagaon, 3,99,945 in Dhubri. Meanwhile, summer vacation has been declared a week early at schools across the state due to flooding. From now on, it will be from June 25 to July 25 instead of July 1 to July 31.

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(With contributions from the agency)

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