Assam floods death toll rises to 60

Cheryl Sanders
July 17, 2017

Close to 12 lakh people in 24 districts of Assam continued to reel under floods as the death toll reached 59 in the state on Saturday.

Almost 1.2 million people were affected by the floods in 24 of the state's 32 districts.

In view of the ongoing flood situation in North East region, especially Assam, Ministry of Railways has offered all sorts of possible help to the affected State governments, according to a press release from Pranav Jyoti Sharma, Chief Public Relations Officer, Northeast Frontier (NF) Railway.

The ASDMA said over 10 lakh people are now affected in Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Darrang, Nalbari, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Chirang, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South almara, Goalpara, Morigaon, Nagaon, Karbi Anglong, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar, Karimganj and Cachar districts.

Kaziranga National Parks, home to the world's largest Indian rhinoceros population, and Nameri, as well as Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary were hit by rains.

Due to the impact of flood, many roads, embankments and bridges have been damaged in several districts, including Lakhimpur, Morigaon, Biswanath, Goalpara, Bongaigaon, Dhubri, Golaghat, Majuli, Sivasagar and Karimganj.

Other rivers flowing above the danger mark include Dhansiri at Numaligarh, Barak at AP Ghat in Cachar and Badarpurghat in Karimganj, Katakhal at Matizuri in Hailakandi and Kushiyara at Karimganj town. "We are asked to the district commissioners to provide adequate relief items to the flood-affected people", the Assam finance minister said. Approximately 1 million animals, including poultry have been affected and 1,652 houses have been damaged during this flood.

The Assam minister also instructed to the district commissioners to conduct extensive medical camps in the flood-hit areas once the flood waters gradually receding.

The chief minister directed the DCs to take measures for preventing any criminal activity from taking place at the flood affected areas as well as the relief camps under direct supervision of Superintendents of Police (SP) of the districts. ORS, Halogen tablets are being distributed in flood affected areas.

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