Assam floods: Death toll rises to 58, over 23 lakh affected by deluge

The floodwaters have submerged 3,535 villages under 107 revenue circles and inundated 68,768.5 hectares of crop area.
A woman walks through a flooded area in Nagaon district of Assam.
A woman walks through a flooded area in Nagaon district of Assam.Photo | PTI

GUWAHATI: The grievous flood situation in Assam over the past month has claimed 58 lives across the state, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) reported.

According to the ASDMA, six more people lost their lives on Saturday, raising the death toll in the state from 52 to 58. Dhubri is the worst-hit district, followed by Cachar and Darrang.

The destructive floodwaters have resulted in loss of life, extensive damage to infrastructure, road closures, crop destruction, and livestock loss. Hundreds of people have been left homeless and unsettled.

According to the flood report of ASDMA, on July 6, two people drowned in floodwaters in the Charaideo district, and one person each in Goalpara, Morigaon, Sonitpur, and Tinsukia districts.

The overall flood situation in the state on Saturday slightly improved, but over 2.396 million people in 29 districts are affected by the second wave of floods.

A woman walks through a flooded area in Nagaon district of Assam.
Assam flood situation critical, 24.50 lakh affected in 30 districts

Dhubri is the worst-hit district, with 797,918 people affected, followed by 175,231 people in Cachar.

The floodwaters have submerged 3,535 villages under 107 revenue circles and inundated 68,768.5 hectares of crop area.

Ten rivers, including the Brahmaputra River, are in spate and flowing above the danger level in many places. The water level of the Brahmaputra River is above the danger mark at Neamatighat, Tezpur, Dhubri, and Goalpara.

Over 526,000 people are taking shelter in 577 relief camps and distribution centers in 27 districts.

As per reports, 1,549,161 animals have been affected by the deluge.

On the other hand, 114 wild animals, including six rhinos, have died in the flood in Kaziranga National Park.

A woman walks through a flooded area in Nagaon district of Assam.
Assam flood: 17 animals drown, 72 rescued in Kaziranga National Park

Sonali Ghosh, Field Director of Kaziranga National Park, said that so far 114 wild animals have died in the flood in the park. The park authority and forest department have also rescued wild animals.

The flood situation in the national park has improved, but 66 forest camps of the park are still underwater.

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma visited the Jyotinagar area in Guwahati on Saturday and met the parents of Abinash Sarkar, who went missing after falling into a drain near a temple in the locality following the devastating floods.

The floodwaters have submerged 3,535 villages under 107 revenue circles and inundated 68,768.5 hectares of crop area.
The floodwaters have submerged 3,535 villages under 107 revenue circles and inundated 68,768.5 hectares of crop area.Photo | ANI

The Chief Minister extended his deepest condolences to the bereaved family, visited the incident site, and took stock of the ongoing search operation. He directed the concerned departments and search teams to intensify their operation to locate the child.

Earlier on Friday, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma visited Dibrugarh town to review the flood situation. He toured the affected areas on foot, interacting with residents and engaging with experts to find community-driven solutions to the inundation problem.

A woman walks through a flooded area in Nagaon district of Assam.
Himanta, Gogoi spar as Assam floods situation worsens

Related Stories

No stories found.

X
The New Indian Express
www.newindianexpress.com