Assam floods death toll rises to 84, CM Sonowal announces Rs 4 lakh ex gratia

At least 84 people have lost their lives in Assam due to severe flooding, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said on Sunday.

Assam floods death toll rises to 84, CM Sonowal announces Rs 4 lakh ex gratia

Guwahati (Assam): At least 84 people have lost their lives in Assam due to severe flooding, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said on Sunday.

A flood report issued by the ASDMA stated that the river Brahmaputra was flowing above danger level in several places in the state. 

As many as 27,63, 719 people from 26 districts in the state have been effected by the disaster. A total of 1,16,404.01 hectares of agricultural land has been affected in the floods.

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, along with ministers Keshab Mahanta and Pijush Hazarika visited flood-affected areas at Morigaon district on Sunday. 

CM Sonowal spoke to flood-affected people and took stock of the situation. Next of kin of flood victims were provided Rs 4 lakh as ex-gratia by the CM.

A flood report issued by the ASDMA said, "The government has so far opened 521 relief camps that are currently providing relief to 50,559 people."

As per the Brahmaputra board’s latest annual report, the main reasons behind the instability of the river are high sedimentation and steep slopes. The region is also extremely vulnerable to breaches of embankments.

While the topography of Assam and meteorological factor (high rainfall) are the obvious reasons behind Assam floods every year.

Meanwhile, as many as 108 animals including nine rhinoceroses have died at the Kaziranga National Park due to heavy floods in Assam till Sunday.