Assam Flood Toll Rises to 100, Over 50 Lakh Affected

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As many as 54,57,601 people, including 11,67, 219 children, from 4,941 villages have been affected.

Team Clarion

GUWAHATI — The death toll in the devastating floods mounted to 100 in Assam and the number of affected people crossed 50 lakh, according to reports. Assam faces the fury of floods every year but local residents said they have not seen such devastating floods before. 

The floods this time around have broken the records of the 2004 and 2007 floods in terms of devastation.

As many as 54.57 lakh people have been affected in the 32 of the state’s 34 districts, reports IANS.

Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that after the flood waters recede, the government would take steps to find a permanent solution to the factors which led to the deluge.

Visiting various flood-affected areas of Nagaon and Morigaon districts, he also undertook a rail journey in some places.

Though the army, and the national and state disaster response agencies are working round-the-clock to provide succour to the flood-affected people, but a local resident who is leading the relief work initiated by Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Assam said that the relief works carried out by the state government is at extremely slow pace and insufficient.

According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) officials, since April this year, 83 people have been killed in the flood while 17 others lost their lives in landslides.

As many as 54,57,601 people, including 11,67, 219 children, from 4,941 villages have been affected. A total of 845 relief camps and 1,026 relief distribution centres have been opened in the affected areas.

A total of 2,71,125 people are staying in the relief camps while over 99,026 hectares of crops have been damaged. The water in three rivers – Brahmaputra, Kopili and Disang– is flowing above the danger level in several places.

The lower Assam region is reported to be worst affected by the floods.

— With agency inputs

The floods this time around have broken the records of the 2004 and 2007 floods in terms of devastation. — IANS
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