One killed in Assam floods, nearly 2 lakh people affected

Guwahati, July 17 (IANS) One person was killed due to floods in Assam on Sunday even as close to two lakh people were affected in seven districts of the state, officials said on Sunday.

One person died due to floods at Narayanpur in Lakhimpur district after he was washed away by the surging waters, said an official of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority, adding that 1,76,951 people are marooned in the affected districts.

The civil administration in the affected districts which include Golaghat, Morigaon, Jorhat, Dhemaji, Biswanath and Sivsagar have opened 25 relief camps to house over 4,000 people, the official said, adding that the floods have also inundated over 200 villages over 13,000 hectares of cropland.

The condition remains grim in Lakhimpur, Golaghat, Dhemaji and Jorhat districts, the officials said.

The flood waters have breached several embankments in different districts submerging villages and partially snapping road communication in different districts.

The Central Water Commission said that Brahmaputra river is flowing above danger level in Neematighat in Jorhat while the Dikhow river is flowing above danger level in Sivsagar. Similarly Dhansiri river is flowing above danger level at Numaligarh in Golaghat.

The Assam government had asked all the flood-affected districts’ administration to make available food materials to the marooned people and to carry out rescue operations wherever necessary to evacuate the affected people.



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