Over 12 lakh hit by Assam floods

August 28, 2014 - 12:00:00 am
A one-horned rhinoceros and its calf wade through flood waters at a submerged area of the Pobitora wildlife sanctuary in Assam yesterday. About 80 percent of the sanctuary is under flood waters caused by the overflowing Brahmaputra river.



Guwahati: Assam will set up an authority to strengthen the existing embankments and build new ones, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said yesterday, as the mighty Brahmaputra and its tributaries continued to flow above the danger level, affecting over 12 lakh people in 16 districts.

“The state government would constitute a Flood and Erosion Protection Authority with funding of Rs.1,000 crore on its own to strengthen the existing embankments and build new ones to replace the ones that have outlived their utility,” Gogoi said.

According to the State Disaster Management Authority, 12,65,449 people have been affected in 2,093 villages in 16 districts. The floods have forced 163,052 people to take shelter in 212 relief camps.

Over 12 lakh people have been affected in floods in 16 districts and at least 10 have died since August 18. In Lakhimpur district, flood waters have affected 240 villages and about 1.14 lakh people. Over 7,800 hectares of cropland have been affected. In the worst-hit Dhemaji district, 3.2 lakh people have been affected in 718 villages. Around 44,000 hectares of cropland have been hit.

IANS

 

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