Fresh Floods Hit Assam, Submerged 5 Districts

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Guwahati: A fresh flood has hit Assam, submerging five districts and affecting 78,275 people, an official said. Nearly 16,000 animals and poultry had also been affected, added the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) official.

Rains across the state and in neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya have caused flooding in the districts of Lakhimpur, South Salmara, Goalpara, Hojai and Karbi Anglong.

At least 86 villages in seven revenue circles had been affected by the fresh wave of deluge with Goalpara on the Assam-Meghalaya border being the worst-hit, an ASDMA report said.

As many as 41,479 people were affected in Goalpara, followed by 29,594 in South Salmara, it added. The Dhansiri river at Numaligarh in Golaghat was flowing above the ‘danger’ mark, according to a Central Water Commission (CWC) bulletin. The administrations of the flood-hit districts had set up 18 relief camps, where 9,994 people had taken shelter, the ASDMA said.

The State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) had rescued 30 marooned people from Goalpara, where an embankment at Khorija Manikpur was damaged, the ASDMA said, adding that roads and culverts were damaged at various places in the five districts.

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has directed the deputy commissioners of the flood-hit districts to step up the rescue-and-relief operations and ensure a stock of adequate relief material for the marooned people.

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