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11/07/2019 9:04 AM IST | Updated 11/07/2019 9:05 AM IST

Assam Reels Under Flood, 530 Villages Under Water, Over 2 Lakh People Affected

Several rivers in the state, including the Brahmaputra, are in spate following heavy rains.

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School students outside their partially submerged school at Chhaygaon in Kamrup District of Assam on 10 July 2019.

NEW DELHI — Assam is reeling under a flood which has affected over two lakh people across 11 districts of the state and killed three persons in rain and flood-related incidents.

Several rivers in the state, including the Brahmaputra, are in spate following heavy rains. Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Darrang, Barpeta, Nalbari, Chirang, Golaghat, Majuli, Jorhat and Dibrugarh districts have been hit by the floods which has affected 2,07,100 persons, the State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said.

Three persons died in rain and flood-related incidents in Golaghat, Dhemaji and Kamrup Metropolitan districts, it said on Wednesday, adding 530 villages are under water and 13,267.74 hectares of crop area has been damaged.

Thirteen relief camps and distribution centres are being run by authorities in four districts and 249 people have taken shelter at these facilities.

 

A 56-year-old man, Narayan Saha, was killed when rocks and mud from a hill fell on his house as a result of a landslide owning to heavy rains, police said.

On Tuesday, 60-year-old Hemeswar Bora was grievously injured when he got trapped under his makeshift food stall following a landslide at Eleventh Mile area under Jorabat Police Outpost along the Assam-Meghalaya border, they said.

Following the landslides, the administration of Kamrup (Metro) district, comprising Guwahati, has directed all departments concerned to stop permitting for earth cutting and filling activities in the hilly and low-lying areas.