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Tuesday , 21 November 2017
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Assam Flood Turns Critical: Three More Dead, 32 Lakh Hit

The floods in Assam on Monday claimed three more lives, taking the total deaths count to 102, and hit nearly 32 lakh people in 25 districts.

Two persons died in Morigaon and one in Golaghat during the day.

The deaths in the second wave of floods in the state has gone up to 18.

A total 3,192 villages are under water and 1.79 lakh hectares of crop area have been damaged.

Assam State Disaster Management Authority said 31.59 lakh people are affected in Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Sonitpur, Udalguri, Darrang, Baksa, Nalbari, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Chirang, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South Salmara, Goalpara, Morigaon, Nagaon, Karbi Anglong, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia and Kamrup districts. 

The train services to the Northeast have been stopped till Wednesday.

“Heavy rainfall in the last 72 hours in West Bengal, Bihar, Assam and other NE states has resulted in railway operations being severely hampered as rain water has affected railway tracks at several places in Katihar and Alipurduar Division of NF Railway,” said Northeast Frontier Railway chief public relations officer Pranav Jyoti Sharma .

11 outgoing trains have been cancelled by NF Railway today.

Until Sunday, over 22.5 lakh people were hit by the latest wave of flood across 21 districts in Assam.

Dhubri was the worst affected district where 7.79 lakh people have been hit by the deluge, followed by Morigaon (3.83 lakh people).

Authorities are running 556 relief camps and distribution centres in 21 districts, where 2,06,467 people are taking shelter at present.

At least 2,000 persons have been taken to safer places by the Army, the SDRF and the NDRF.

The flood damaged roads and bridges.

Heavy erosion have been witnessed in Dima Hasaon district. Currently, Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger mark.

Most of the forest are under the flood waters.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his concern at the critical situation and asked about the relief measures and rescue operations.

Mr Sonowal also spoke over phone with Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi and urged him to extend all cooperation in ensuring the safety and other essential requirements to passengers stuck at Kishanganj station

Mr Sonowal directed to cancel the traditional High Tea programme as part of the celebrations of 71st Independence Day.

 

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