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Upper Assam reels under fresh wave of floods.

Nearly 1.4 lakh people in 337 villages under 12 revenue circles of Assam’s six districts are now affected by the new wave of flood caused by the rain-fed rivers of the State following intense rainfall activities in the northeastern region during the past about one week.

A report published in the The Assam Tribune stated that the Brahmaputra river is flowing above danger level at Neamatighat in Jorhat district, while the Dhansiri (South) is flowing above danger level at Numaligarh in Golaghat district. The Jia Bharali is flowing above danger level at NT Road Crossing in Sonitpur district, while the Beki is flowing above danger level at Road Bridge in Barpeta district, said the official flood bulletin of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) in Guwahati on Saturday evening.

The report further stated that according to the ASDMA flood bulletin, Dhemaji with 221 villages affected by flood has emerged as the worst hit district in this new wave of flood. Majuli district has 75 of its villages reeling under flood. In all, 585 flood-affected people in Jonai subdivision of Dhemaji district are taking shelter in three relief camps set up by the local authorities, the bulletin stated.

The six districts which have been affected by the current wave of flood are Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Barpeta, Majuli and Dibrugarh. Floodwaters have so far affected a total crop area of 11,243.11 hectares of cropland in the five districts of Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Majuli and Dibrugarh.

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