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Flood situation worsens in Assam, 2.53 lakh people affected

Flood situation worsens in Assam, 2.53 lakh people affected
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With continuous monsoon rains during the last few days, the flood situation in Assam is deteriorating and 2.53 lakh people are affected in 704 villages in 16 districts, while the Brahmaputra in nine districts is flowing above the danger level.  Officials said on Friday.

Meanwhile, a state-owned Oil India Limited (OIL) official said that due to heavy rains during the past few days, the plantation – where its leaking oil has caught fire well – and in Tinsukia district  -Pass areas have been affected by flood waters and badly the accident site has been razed, .affecting efforts to reduce the explosion.

A major fire broke out near the Dibru-Saikhauwa National Park on June 9 in the oil well of Oyil’s Bagjan, which had been spewing natural gas and oil uncontrollably since 27 May.

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has directed the Deputy Commissioners of all affected districts to immediately meet the needs of the flood-affected people by following the covid-19 security protocol.

A bridge en route to Bagajan, about 550 km before Guwahati, was damaged due to flooding and the chief minister has asked for a Bailey bridge to be built for emergency services movement.

Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) officials said that the flood affected districts Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Udalguri, Darang, Baksa, Nalbari, Barpeta, Kokrajhar, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh, and Tinsukia and Tinsukia  Huh.

“Over 2.53 lakh people affected by the flood and over 11,765 hectares of crops were severely affected due to the floods.  An ASDMA official said that around 19,000 people took shelter in 142 relief camps.

The official said that one person died in Dibrugarh district in the current wave of floods, while in the first wave of floods from May 22, 15 people died in various districts of Assam.

The personnel of the National Disaster Response Force, Assam State Disaster Response Force, along with local administration, are continuously working to rescue the affected people and provide relief services to the helpless villagers.

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Post source : First Sight Express

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