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Assam floods: Death toll reaches 116, situation alarming

Last Updated: Thursday, July 5, 2012 - 19:21

Guwahati: The flood situation in Assam remained alarming with 116 people having lost their lives in flood water and landslides during the current wave as the Brahmaputra and its tributaries continued to flow above the danger mark on Thursday.

Altogether 100 people have died due to floods including 16 in landslides caused by incessant rainfall while 16 others were still missing, official sources said today.

An estimated population of 22 lakh have been affected in the worst ever flood in recent years causing large-scale devastation in 2809 villages in 27 of the 28 districts of the state.

The water level of the Brahmaputra and its tributaries were showing receding trend in some of the districts but in all the affected areas it was flowing above the danger mark.

Road and rail services have been affected in several places with roads inundated or damaged at 2847 places and breached at 1741 points.

Rail tracks damaged by landslides in Lumding-Badarpur Railway division was yet to be restored but the Harangajao to Badarpur section has been already restored.

An estimated five lakh people have taken shelter in 622 relief camps and 120 medical teams have been deployed to provide medical aid.

16 NDRF teams have been deployed for rescue operations in 13 Districts and they include Barpeta, Dhemaji, Dibrugarh, Dima-Hasao, Jorhat (Majuli), Kamrup, Kamrup(Metro), Lakhimpur, Nagaon, Nalbari, Sibsagar, Sonitpur and Tinsukia.

The State Disaster Relief Force (SDRF) has deployed 18 teams and army seven teams in the rescue operations with Indian Air Force also extending help.


First Published: Thursday, July 5, 2012 - 18:17
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