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Assam flood toll rises to 42, 6 lakh affected

The flood situation in Assam remained serious with report of two more deaths on Monday, taking the toll to 42.

PTI| Updated: Sep 29, 2014, 23:31 PM IST

Guwahati: The flood situation in Assam remained serious with report of two more deaths on Monday, taking the toll to 42.

According to the daily flood report by Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), one body was recovered in the worst-hit Goalpara district. Another person died at a hospital in Kamrup Metro that mainly comprise Guwahati city, the ASDMA report said.

With this, 19 persons have lost their lives in Goalpara, followed by 16 deaths in Kamrup Rural, six in Kamrup Metro and one in Dhubri during the latest wave of floods in Assam.

ASDMA said 495 villages across six districts are still reeling under flood fury with over six lakh affected in the calamities.

In Goalpara, nearly 3.7 lakh people are still affected, followed by over 1.5 lakh in Nagaon and more than 70,000 in Kamrup Rural, added.

The authorities have opened 201 relief camps and shelter homes, where 1.63 lakh people are lodged at this moment.

In Goalpara, around 73,000 people are staying at relief camps, while over 67,000 persons are living in such places in Nagaon, ASDMA said.

Over one lakh hectares of crop area have been damaged across the state. In Goalpara, over 37,000 hectares of area have been affected, hitting nearly 83,000 farm families.

In Goalpara, 81,582 houses were either fully or partially damaged due to the flood.

Besides a large number of roads and bridges, ASDMA said there have been reports of severe damage of government infrastructure like schools, health centres and offices in many districts n account of the natural disaster.

Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger mark at Nimatighat (Jorhat) and Dhubri (Dhubri), Dhansiri at Numaligarh (Golaghat) and Kopili at Kampur and Dharamtul (both in Nagaon), ASDMA said.