Seven dead in Assam floods

 25 Aug 2014 - 0:00

Villagers travel by boat through floodwaters in Gagalmari village in the Morigoan district of Assam.


Guwahati: The flood situation has deteriorated in Assam’s Dhemaji and Lakhimpur districts with seven deaths reported from the area where three lakh people remain affected, officials said yesterday.
State Disaster Management Authority officials said floods have upset lives of people in over 1,000 villages in 15 districts of the state.
Till now, seven people have died in the floods — one each in Lakhimpur, Dhubri, Nalbari, Golaghat and Barpeta and two in Morigaon districts, officials said and added that floodwaters have affected crops on 90,867 hectares across the state.
The flood situation in Lakhimpur and Dhemaji districts worsened as Subanriri river is in spate due to heavy downpour in neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh.
Jiadhal river has also breached an embankment in Dhemaji district. District administrations concerned have set up 118 relief camps, providing shelter to 95,922 people in the 15 flood-affected districts — Jorhat, Dibrugarh, Golaghat, Sivasagar, Sonitpur, Nalbari, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Morigaon, Kamrup, Dhubri, Kokrajhar and Karbi Anglong besides Dhemaji and Lakhimpur.
The flood situation has slightly improved in Dhubri, Kokrajhar and Karbi Anglong districts, officials said.
SDMA officials said the Brahmaputra and its tributaries are flowing above the danger level at Nematighat, Dhubri and Dibrugarh and the Jai Bharali river has crossed the danger mark at Sonitpur and Kopili while Beki river has breached the red line at Nagaon and in Barpeta district.

Bihar toll rises to 20
Meanwhile, with two more deaths in the past 24 hours, the toll in Bihar floods has risen to 20, an official said. Sunil Kumar, an official of the state disaster management department, said that floods have claimed 12 lives in worst flood-hit Nalanda district alone. “More than 1.8 million people in 1,387 villages under 85 blocks have been hit by floods in 15 districts of the state,” Kumar said.