Assam floods: 27,000 people, 1,519 hectares of crop land hit

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Kokrajhar (Assam), July 10: The Chirang district and Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) continued to reel under flood conditions as 20 villages in Sidli and Bijli circles were submerged and over 10,000 people were affected, The Sentinel reported.

Houses and a bridge were damaged, agricultural land was affected while erosion posed a major threat to these parts. Rivers Aie, Huduti, Nangal, Langkhar and Chapamati are still flowing above the danger mark owing to continuous rainfall. High alert was sounded in Chirang district.


People are putting their lives at risk to collect goods from the riversides for their daily needs and were using country boats to cross the floodwater. The administration has reportedly barred them from doing so to prevent loss of lives.

Meanwhile, Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) reports from Guwahati said that over 14,000 people in 52 villagers located in Dhemaji and Nagaon districts were badly hit by the floods in the last 24 hours.

The Brahmaputra was flowing above the danger mark at Nimatighat near Jorhat while its tributaries threatened Nanglamura in Sivasagar district, Road Bridge point in Barpeta district and NT Road Crossing in Sonitpur district. The administration was worried by the rivers in spate.

ASDMA sources said over 27,000 people were affected in the state in this year's floods while 1,519 hectares of crop areas out of a total of 2,450 hectares were damaged in the past one day. Dhemaji, Jorhat, Karimganj, Tinsukia, Golaghat and Lakhimpur were badly affected by the floods. The Kaziranga National Park was also affected.

Four relief camps have been set up to give shelter to 430 people in Dhemaji district on Tuesday.

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