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Assam Flood update: 11 dead, 26 lakh affected

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In Assam as many as 11 dead, 26 lakh affected 17,000 people  are in 327 relief camps, and 3,000 villages are underwater because of the floods.


Guwahati

The devastating flood situation across Assam has shown no signs of improvement as parts of the state continue to be submerged for days now, forcing lakhs to flee for safety.

According to the latest reports as many as 26 lakhs, people have been affected by the rising waters. This is in addition to the over 10.42 lakh animals which are affected. The floods have also entered 87,607 hectares of farmland.

In Dibrugarh, one of the worst affected districts 72 villages has inundated by the ongoing floods caused by the Brahmaputra.

The situation in Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Nalbari, Chirang, Golaghat, Majuli, Jorhat, Nagaon, Morigaon, Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon, Baksa, Sonitpur, Darrang and Barpeta are also not much different. According to the Regional Meteorological Centre, Borjhar there will be more incessant rains in Assam in the next 48 hours.

River Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger level at Nimatighat in Jorhat, Tezpur, Guwahati, Goalpara and Dhubri.

Other rivers like Burhidehing, Subansiri, Dhansiri, Jia Bharali, Kopili, Puthimari, Beki, Barak, Katakhal and Kushiyara have also crossed the danger mark.

What makes the situation even worse is that a number of key roads including the National highway 37 linking upper Assam to Guwahati have been cut off due to floods at Kaziranga. This has resulted in rescue and relief teams being unable to reach to people stranded in remote areas.

The NDFR, along with the SDRF and the Fire Force has been carrying out rescue operations across the flood-hit areas.

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