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Assam floods: Death toll climbs to 60, over 1 million affected

Authorities say the deluge has inundated around 50,000 hectares of crop area so far

Press Trust of India  |  Guwahati 

Assam, flood, Kamrup
A woman collects drinking water from a hand-pump in the flood affected area in Kamrup district of Assam. (Photo: PTI)

The flood situation in marginally improved on Sunday with the water level receding, amid reports of one more death and over 10 lakh people affected across 21 districts in the state.

According to a report by the State Authority (ASDMA), one person died in Morigaon district, raising the death toll to 60 in this year's flood related incidents. Eight of them have died in Guwahati alone, after the hit the state.

The ASDMA said over 10 lakh people are currently affected in Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Darrang, Nalbari, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Chirang, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South almara, Goalpara, Morigaon, Nagaon, Karbi Anglong, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar, Karimganj and Cachar districts.

At the Kaziranga Park, 38 per cent of the area is under water, leaving some animals dead and some moving to nearby highlands.

ASDMA said 1,512 villages are under water and nearly 50,000 hectares of crop area inundated.

The worst affected is south Salmara, where over 3.07 lakh people have been affected by the deluge, followed by Dhubri with more than 1.88 lakh people marooned.

Authorities are running 280 relief camps and distribution centres in 15 districts, where 22,837 persons are currently taking shelter.

The government has distributed rice, dal, salt and mustard oil among the flood victims, the ASDMA said.

Across the state, 10,99,141 animals and poultry have been affected by the flood waters, the agency said.

Due to the impact of flood, many roads, embankments and bridges have been damaged in several districts, including Lakhimpur, Morigaon, Biswanath, Goalpara, Bongaigaon, Dhubri, Golaghat, Majuli, Sivasagar and Karimganj.

Currently, the Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger mark at two places - Nimatighat in Jorhat and Dhubri town.

Other rivers flowing above the danger mark include Dhansiri at Numaligarh, Barak at AP Ghat in Cachar and Badarpurghat in Karimganj, Katakhal at Matizuri in Hailakandi and Kushiyara at Karimganj town.

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First Published: Sun, July 16 2017. 21:18 IST