Assam Floods: Over 19,000 People Affected, Many Homeless

22/06/2015 1:42 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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Indian villagers use a boat to travel through floodwater in Pokoriya village, some 75 kms from Guwahati on June 11, 2015. Flooding in India's northeastern state of Assam has reportedly affected some 550 villages in 14 districts, destroying crops and killing at least three people. AFP PHOTO / Biju Boro (Photo credit should read BIJU BORO/AFP/Getty Images)

GUWAHATI: The flood situation in Assam deteriorated today with over 19,000 people reeling under the waters in more than 60 villages across the state.

Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said in its daily flood report that more than 19,100 people were affected as of now in 62 villages across Barpeta, Dhemaji, Tinsukia, Morigaon and Lakhimpur districts.

Till yesterday, around 15,300 people were affected in 72 villages under five districts across the state.

The highest number of people were hit in Lakhimpur district with over 9,200 persons still suffering due to the floods, followed by Barpeta with around 6,100 people being affected at present, the ASDMA said.

Authorities were running three relief camps in Tinsukia, where a total of 198 persons were taking shelter at present, it said.

Over 1,600 hectares of crop areas were under water currently, the report mentioned.

The death toll in the first wave of floods in Assam remained at three - one each in Bongaigaon, Lakhimpur and Baksa districts.

At present, the Brahmaputra was flowing above the danger mark at Nematighat in Jorhat, while its tributary Jia Bharali at NT Road crossing in Sonitpur, the ASDMA added.

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