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Assam: Flood situation worsens affecting more than 29,000 people across state


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Guwahati: The flood situation in Assam has worsened, affecting approximately 29,000 people across three districts due to continuous rainfall, according to an official bulletin released by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA)on Friday.

The most severely impacted district is Lakhimpur, with over 23,500 people affected, followed by Dibrugarh with more than 3,800 people, and Dhemaji with nearly 1,500 individuals. This represents an increase from the previous report, which stated that around 21,000 people were affected in two districts.

To address the situation, the administration has established three relief distribution centres in Lakhimpur district. However, no relief camps have been set up yet.

Currently, 25 villages are submerged, and approximately 215.57 hectares of crop areas have been damaged across Assam, as reported by ASDMA.

Additionally, significant erosion has been observed in several districts, including Biswanath, Bongaigaon, Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Lakhimpur, Morigaon, Sonitpur, and Udalguri.

Some incidents of landslides have also been reported in Cachar and Kamrup Metropolitan areas due to heavy rainfall.

The floodwaters have caused damage to embankments, roads, bridges, and other infrastructure in districts such as Lakhimpur, Goalpara, Biswanath, Dhemaji, Baksa, Dima Hasao, and Karimganj. Fortunately, no rivers have crossed the danger mark in Assam at present.

However, the Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) in Guwahati has issued a forecast predicting heavy rainfall over the next five days in the Northeastern region.

For the past three days, the RMC had issued an ‘Orange Alert,’ indicating a high risk of flooding, followed by a ‘Yellow Alert’ for the subsequent two days, signalling the need for continued vigilance.


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