Assam flood situation grim; nearly 23 lakh people affected in 28 districts

Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma said all relief camps in flood-affected districts are well maintained and stocked with enough essential items till the situation normalises.

Updated - July 08, 2024 11:02 am IST

Published - July 08, 2024 10:38 am IST - Guwahati

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma interacts with children during his visit to a flood-affected area, in Kamrup district, Sunday, on July 7, 2024.

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma interacts with children during his visit to a flood-affected area, in Kamrup district, Sunday, on July 7, 2024. | Photo Credit: PTI

“Assam’s flood situation remained grim on July 8 with a population of nearly 23 lakh affected in 28 districts as the water level of most rivers continue to flow above the danger mark,” according to an official bulletin.

The death toll in this year's flood, landslide and storm was 78 with 66 succumbing in the deluge alone.

Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, Rahul Gandhi was scheduled to arrive at Silchar on July 8 and visit a flood relief camp at Fulertal in Cachar district en route to Manipur.

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Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said all relief camps in flood-affected districts are well maintained and stocked with enough essential items till the situation normalises.

He said the safety and hygiene of flood relief camps was a priority of the government with his team reaching out to all people staying there to gather real-time feedback'.

Currently, nearly 23 lakh people in 3,446 villages of 28 districts were affected while 68,432.75 hectares of cropland have been inundated by the second wave of floods. Dhubri was the worst hit with 7,54,791 affected, followed by Cachar with 1,77,928 and Barpeta with 1,34,328 suffering in the swirling water.

Altogether 53,689 people have taken shelter in 269 relief camps while 3,15,520 non-relief camp inmates have been provided with relief materials. The Brahmaputra was flowing above the danger mark at Nimatighat, Tezpur and Dhubri.

Other rivers that have breached the red mark are Burhi Dihing in Khowang, Dikhou in Sivasagar, Disang in Nanglamuraghat, Dhansiri in Numaligarh, Kopili in Dharamtul, Beki in Barpeta, Sankosh in Golakganj, Barak in BP Ghat and Kushiyara in Karimganj.

Multiple agencies, including NDRF, SDRF and local administration, have been carrying out relief and rescue operations with 171 boats deployed in various parts. Altogether, 70 people and 459 cattle were rescued in the last 24 hours by several agencies. Damage to roads, bridges, Anganwadi centres and fishery ponds, have been reported from across the State.

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