Assam flood: Death toll reaches 71; over 42 lakh people affected across 31 districts

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Villagers use a banana raft to cross a flooded street in the Nagaon district of Assam, Sunday, June 19, 2022.

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  • The flooding situation in Assam worsened further, with nine more deaths.
  • Among those killed in Kashar are three people, including a child.
  • Until Saturday, nearly 31 million people were affected by the floods in 27 districts of the state.

The flooding situation in Assam worsened further on Sunday, with nine more deaths. So far, 42 million people in 31 districts have been affected by the floods, according to the official government bulletin.

Assam Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) officials said six people drowned and three died as a result of landslides across the state.

Among those killed were three people, including a child, in Kachar, two people, including a child, in Barpet and one person each in Badjali, Kamrup, Karimganj and Udalguri districts, the department added. In addition, eight more people went missing in five districts, the report said.

At the same time, the total number of people who died as a result of floods and landslides this year increased to 71 people. The flood affected at least 42,28,100 people, the bulletin said.

India TV.  Flood-affected villagers are taken by boat to safer areas after heavy rains in Morigaon, Sunday, June 19, 2022.

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Flood-affected villagers are taken by boat to safer areas after heavy rains in Morigaon, Sunday, June 19, 2022.

Barpeta is the worst affected area with more than 12.76 thousand people affected, followed by Darrang with almost 3.94 thousand people affected and Nagaon with over 3.64 thousand people affected by the floods. Massive landslides have been reported from Kachar, Dima Khasao, Goalpara, Hailakandi, Kamrup Metropolitan and Karimganj.

Until Saturday, nearly 31 million people were affected by the floods in 27 districts of the state. The Met Office issued an “orange warning” for Monday and a “yellow warning” for Tuesday-Thursday.

India Tv - Locals watch a stretch of road washed away by floodwaters at Dhamdham in the Nalbari district of Assam.

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Local residents look at a stretch of road washed away by floodwaters at Dhamdham in the Nalbari district of Assam.

“Large-scale rainfall accompanied by thunderstorms/lightning/severe or very heavy, with extremely heavy rainfall in some places, is very likely to continue over the northeastern states for the next 48 hours, after which the intensity of precipitation will decrease,” the report said. According to ASDMA, 5,137 villages are currently under water and 1,07,370.43 hectares of cropland are damaged.

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Authorities operate 1,147 relief camps and distribution centers in 27 districts, sheltering 1,86,424 people, including 29,722 children.

Over the past 24 hours, 8,760 people have been rescued from various areas affected by the flood.

Massive erosion has been noted in Baks, Barpet, Bongaigaon, Chirang, Dhubri, Kamrup, Kokrajhar, Lakhimpur, Majuli and Morigaon, among others.

India Tv - People use a banana raft to get to safety in a flood-hit village in the Nalbari district of Assam.

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People use a banana raft to get to safety in a flood-hit village in the Nalbari district of Assam.

Embankments, roads, bridges and other infrastructure were damaged by flood waters in several areas. A total of 29,28,030 pets and birds were affected by the floods in 25 districts, according to ASDMA.

Citing a bulletin from the Central Water Commission, ASDMA reported that the Brahmaputra is flowing above dangerous levels at Neamatighat in Jorhat, Tezpur, the cities of Goalpara and Dhubri. Its tributaries Beki, Manas, Pagladia, Putimari, Kopili and Subansiri are also above the dangerous level.

India TV - Villagers build a temporary bamboo bridge after flood water washed away part of a road in a village in the Goalpara district of Assam.

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Villagers build a temporary bamboo bridge after flood water washed away part of a road in a village in the Goalpara district of Assam.

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(According to PTI)

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