Assam flood toll is 11, over 5 lakh affected

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Guwahati, June 18 (IANS) The flood fury continued in Assam on Monday with two more deaths reported from Barak Valley, taking the flood-related death toll to 11, even as over five lakh people were affected in six districts.

Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) officials said two persons died due to floods in Cachar and Hailakandi areas while 548,986 persons from 719 villages in Nagaon, Hojai, Golaghat, Cachar, Hailakandi and Karimganj districts were badly hit.

The flood fury has taken a serious turn particularly in Karimganj and Hailakandi districts where over two lakh people each have been displaced. Over two lakh flood hit people have taken shelter in the two districts.

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Monday took stock of the situation of Karimganj district and directed the Deputy Commissioner to speed up relief and rescue operations.

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More than 400 relief camps have been opened in the flood-hit districts where over 1.59 lakh people have taken shelter.

Train services in the hill sections of Assam have been affected due to landslides triggered by heavy rainfall.

The North Frontier Railway said rail traffic was still suspended between Silchar and Badarpur as some portions of the railway tracks were under flood water.

–IANS

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