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IN PICS: Devastating images of Assam floods as five more die and 9.26 lakh people bear the after-effects

IN PICS: Devastating images of Assam floods as five more die and 9.26 lakh people bear the after-effects
IANS
  • Five people have died in the most recent wave of Assam floods across Dhemaji, Udalguri, Goalpara and Dibrugarh districts, according to the officials of Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDM).
  • The total death toll for this year’s flood season now stands at 20.
  • Over 9.26 lakh people are bearing the brunt of the floods with over 68,806 hectares of crop areas reportedly wrecked.
  • Oil India Limited’s (OIL) said that due to the heavy rains over the past few days, its leaking oil well in Baghjan caught fire.
Amidst the surge of COVID-19, over 9.26 lakh people in 2,071 villages of 23 districts in Assam are battling at another front — the annual recurring flood.

According to the officials of Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), five people died so far in the newest wave of floods across Dhemaji, Udalguri, Goalpara and Dibrugarh districts. The total death toll for this year’s flood season has hit 20 with another 23 people killed in separate landslides since May 22 in Assam.


Assam flood is a result of prolonged monsoon and the overflowing Brahmaputra

Assam flood is a result of prolonged monsoon and the overflowing Brahmaputra
IANS

The incessant downpour in Assam has resulted in the Brahmaputra flowing above danger levels inundating fresh areas every day.

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Here are all the flood-affected districts

Here are all the flood-affected districts

An official of the ASDMA said that the flood-hit districts are — Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Udalguri, Darrang, Nalbari, Barpeta, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh, Bongaigaon, South Salmara, Goalpara, Kamrup, Morigaon, Hojai, West Karbi Anglong and Tinsukia.

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NDRF along with ASDRF carried over 27,308 people to 193 relief camps

NDRF along with ASDRF carried over 27,308 people to 193 relief camps
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"Over 9.26 lakh people affected by the floods and over 68,806 hectares of crop areas were badly affected due to the floods. Around 27,308 people took shelter in 193 relief camps," an official told IANS.

The National Disaster Response Force, Assam State Disaster Response Force personnel, along with local administrations, are continuously working to rescue the affected people and rendering relief services, including distribution of relief material to the marooned villagers.

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Centre discussed Assam flood situation with Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal over phone

Centre discussed Assam flood situation with Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal over phone
IANS

The Chief Minister directed the Deputy Commissioners of all the affected districts to address the needs of the flood-hit people urgently while adhering to COVID-19 safety protocols.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday also discussed the Assam flood situation with Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal over the phone and inquired about the incidents of landslides in different parts of the state.

Meanwhile, the heavy monsoon rains affected normal life in most parts of the northeastern states. The rainwater has inundated vast low lying areas of Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Mizoram.

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OIL's well site caught fire due to leakage in its oil well

OIL's well site caught fire due to leakage in its oil well
IANS

Officials of the state-owned Oil India Ltd (OIL) said that due to the heavy rains over the past few days, Baghjan — where its leaking oil well caught fire — and adjoining areas in Tinsukia district had been badly hit by floodwater and the accident site has been inundated, affecting the efforts to douse the blaze.

"All connecting roads to the OIL's oil well site have been submerged with floodwater. Bridges were damaged. At many places, water is flowing over the road with a knee to waist high. OIL's operational areas are heavily inundated," an OIL release said.

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