Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Lakh Affected In Assam Floods, Number Of Deaths Near 60

Lakh Affected In Assam Floods, Number Of Deaths Near 60

A special train from Murkongchelek to Guwahati from today to July 21 is announced for the mobility of flood affected people of Lakhimpur and Dhemaji district, he said.

Death toll in the Assam floods increased to 66 with five more bodies retrieved on Monday.

According to a report by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), three persons lost their lives in Morigaon district of Central Assam.

The flood situation slightly improved in the state, but officials said over half of Kaziranga National Park was submerged and over 70 animals have died.

The ASDMA said over 10 lakh people are now affected in Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Darrang, Nalbari, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Chirang, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South almara, Goalpara, Morigaon, Nagaon, Karbi Anglong, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar, Karimganj and Cachar districts. But the overall flood situation showed marked improvement with the number of affected people coming down to 7.64 Lakh on Monday from 10.09 Lakh on Sunday. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal directed all Deputy Commissioners (DC) to ensure that every family affected by current flood in the state is provided relief materials without delay. He announced that there has been a scarcity of drinking water in flood-hit areas and assured of taking strong actions against the officials concerned.

Due to the impact of flood, many roads, embankments and bridges have been damaged in several districts, including Lakhimpur, Morigaon, Biswanath, Goalpara, Bongaigaon, Dhubri, Golaghat, Majuli, Sivasagar and Karimganj. They also organised a free medical camp for the flood- affected people and distributed free medicines. Approximately 1 million animals, including poultry have been affected and 1,652 houses have been damaged during this flood.

Sonowal also directed the the deputy commissioners to take along the people's representatives in properly managing relief and rescue operations and no lapse will be tolerated in providing relief material to the flood affected people. 24 districts of Assam have been affected during this current phase of floods.

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