GUWAHATI: The flood situation in Assam is slowly improving today as over 77,000 people in 286 villages across the state have been affected by the natural calamity.
Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said in its daily report that more than 77,000 people are affected as of now by the flood in Brahmaputra river in 286 villages across Barpeta, Sonitpur, Dhemaji, Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Goalpara, Kamrup Metropolitan, Morigaon, Sivasagar and Nagaon districts.
Till yesterday 1.3 lakh people were affected in 359 villages in 11 districts across the state. The river is flowing above the danger mark at Nematighat in Jorhat district, it said.
Barpeta is the worst-hit district where over 42,000 people have been affected by the flood, followed by Goalpara where the number of affected is more than 18,000, ASDMA said. Authorities are running three relief camps in Tinsukia and seven in Goalpara districts where a total 1,615 people have taken shelter as of now, it said.
The flood has destroyed nearly 8,000 hectares of crop, the report said. The death toll in the first wave of flood in Assam
remained at three - one each in Bongaigaon, Lakhimpur and Baksa districts.