Assam’s death toll in this year’s flood has gone up to 37 on Saturday with two more fresh deaths.
However, the over-all flood situation has largely improved in seven districts even as 11 lakh people in 18 of the state’s 33 districts have been affected, officials said.
The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) officials said in the current wave of floods in the past two weeks, at least 22 persons have died in Morigaon, Tinsukia, Dhubri, Nagaon, Nalbari, Barpeta, Dhemaji, Udalguri, Goalpara and Dibrugarh districts, taking the state’s death toll to 37, while 24 people have been killed in separate landslides since May 22.
The flood situation has improved in Lakhimpur, Sivasagar, Bongaigaon, Hojai, Udalguri, Majuli and West Karbi Anglong districts.
An official of ASDMA said the flood-hit districts are – Dhemaji, Biswanath, Chirang, Darrang, Nalbari, Barpeta, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat, Dibrugarh, South Salmara, Goalpara, Kamrup, Kamrup (Metro), Morigaon, and Tinsukia.
Around 11 lakh people in 1,412 villages were continued to hit by the monsoon floods and over 53,348 hectares of crop areas were severely affected due to the floods.
Around 6,531 people, including women and children are still sheltered in 171 relief camps, said an ASDMA official said.
The National Disaster Response Force, Assam State Disaster Response Force personnel, along with the local administration, are continuously working to rescue the affected people and render relief services, including distribution of relief material to the marooned villagers.