Slight improvement in Assam flood situation; death toll rises to 26 

According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority, five districts were still in the grip of flood waters.

Published: 26th June 2018 12:09 AM  |   Last Updated: 26th June 2018 12:09 AM   |  A+A-

A total of 96,993 people in five districts were reeling under the impact of the flood, as against the 1.94 lakh people in six districts yesterday. (PTI file image of Assam floods used for representational purpose only)

By PTI

GUWAHATI: The overall flood situation in Assam showed a slight improvement today with all the major rivers of the state flowing below the danger level, even as two more lives were lost, taking the death toll in flood related incidents to 26.

According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), five districts were still in the grip of flood waters.

Two persons were reported drowned in Cachar district, it said.

A total of 96,993 people in five districts were reeling under the impact of the flood, as against the 1.94 lakh people in six districts yesterday.

The worst-hit district is Karimganj, where 59,023 people are affected, while the other districts hit by the current wave of floods are Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Cachar and Hailakandi.

More than 22,200 people are still staying in the 74 relief camps set up by the authorities.

As many as 60 of those camps have been set up in Karimganj itself.

According to the ASDMA report, 192 villages are under the flood waters and 1,364 hectares of crop land have been damaged.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal called on Governor Jagdish Mukhi and briefed him on the prevailing flood situation and the relief measures.

The governor asked the chief minister to ensure relief and rehabilitation for the marooned people, an official release said.

Sonowal and Mukhi discussed the need to set up more temporary relief camps, it said, adding that the governor also took stock of the strength of the security installations in the state, including that of the central paramilitary forces.

Sonowal had visited Karimganj, Hailakandi and Cachar in the Barak Valley over the weekend and announced a Rs 100-crore package for the flood victims and repair of the damaged infrastructure.

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