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Assam: Flood waters enter newer areas in Dhemaji district

The third wave of devastating flood has so far claimed the lives of 74 people across the state. With these, the total number of people losing their lives in this year's flood related incidents in Assam went up to 158, including eight in Guwahati.

By: PTI | Guwahati | Published: September 3, 2017 9:01:37 pm
assam floods, assam rains, assam heavy rains, dhemaji, assam State Disaster Management Authority, assam news Villagers row on a makeshift raft as they try to move to safer places at a flooded village in Nagaon district, in the northeastern state of Assam, India August 16, 2017. (Source: REUTERS)

The flood in Assam spread to newer areas in Dhemaji district on Sunday with over 41,000 people affected in six districts in the state.

According to a report by Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), more than 41,000 people are affected at present in six districts – Dhemaji, Chirang, Morigaon, Nagaon, Golaghat and Cachar districts. Till Saturday, over 41,500 people were affected by the latest wave of flood across five districts – Chirang, Morigaon, Nagaon, Golaghat and Cachar.

The third wave of devastating flood has so far claimed the lives of 74 people across the state. With these, the total number of people losing their lives in this year’s flood related incidents in Assam went up to 158, including eight in Guwahati. As per the report issued on Sunday, Nagaon is the worst affected with 23,500 people, followed by Morigaon with over 12,500 people affected in the deluge.

Currently, 149 villages are under water and over 5,500 hectares of crop areas are inundated, ASDMA said. Authorities are running 25 relief camps and distribution centres in five districts, where 6,630 people are taking shelter at present. Currently, Dhansiri river at Numaligarh in Golaghat, Jia BHarali at NT Road Crossing in Sonitpur and Kushiyara at Karimganj town are flowing above the danger marks.

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