Assam floods: Slight improvement but 21 lakh people still affected, toll touches 134

The overall flood situation in Assam showed signs of improvement on Monday with the flood waters receding in all the affected districts of the state. The death toll in the state increased to 134 with the deluge claiming another eight lives, including two children, in the past 24 hours.

While Cachar alone recorded five deaths, Kamrup Metropolitan, Morigaon and Nagaon districts reported one death each. On the other hand, over 21.52 lakh people in 2,254 villages across 22 districts, namely, Bajali, Baksa, Barpeta, Cachar, Chirang, Darrang, Dhemaji, Dima Hasao, Goalpara, Golaghat, Hailakandi, Kamrup, Kamrup Metropolitan, Karimganj, Lakhimpur, Majuli, Morigaon, Nagaon, Nalbari, Sonitpur, Tamulpur and Udalguri still remain affected by the floods.

Furthermore, as many as 1,91,194 flood-affected victims are still taking shelter in 538 relief camps across 18 districts of the state while over 74,655 hectares of cropland are still submerged. Hundreds of houses, several embankments, roads, bridges and irrigation canals have been damaged in the current spell of floods.

Barpeta remains to be the worst-hit district with a total of 6,14,950 people reeling under the flood waters, followed by Nagaon (5,13,061) and Cachar (4,77,165).

Meanwhile, the situation in Silchar town remained unchanged as several areas continued to be inundated for the seventh consecutive day. Efforts by the Army, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and Fire and Emergency Services of Assam police are on to provide relief to the marooned people. Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopters are airdropping packets of food, drinking water and other essential items in the inaccessible flood-hit areas.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) is monitoring and conducting a survey to prepare a flood map of Silchar town to identify the extent of damage caused by the floods.

The state machinery on Monday took stock of lifeline communication restoration in Barak Valley districts and Dima Hasao for immediate restoration of the damage caused by the recent flood and landslides. Meanwhile, the river Kopili continues to flow above the danger level at Dharamtul in the Nagaon district.

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