Disease outbreak adds to Assam flood woes

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Guwahati, Sep 16 (UNI) With flood water receding, Assam is now faced with the task of repairing the damage caused due to three waves of deluge this season, with outbreak of diseases reported from across the state.

Reports claimed that six people had died of diarrohea in Sivsagar district alone while it has assumed epidemic proportions in the relief camps in Dhubri.

Official sources said outbreak of diseases were to be expected in flood-hit areas, though no epidemic has been reported yet and medicines and disinfectants being provided.

Meanwhile, as water levels in Brahmaputra, Barak and their tributaries showed a receding trend in most places, the toll reached 60 in the third wave of flood.

Two deaths were reported from Kampur in Nagaon district, while one each had died in Morigaon and Dhubri districts and in Majuli.

In Hailakandi district in Barak valley, three children of a family were buried alive in a landslide in the Assam-Mizoram border area on Friday night. Another child drowned in Silchar yesterday.

Barak valley had been among the worst hit in the last wave of flood, with the entire valley remaining cut off due to landslides.

Water levels of Barak, Kushiyara, Katakhal, Surma and other important rivers were now following a receding trend, though other rivers still flowed over the danger level.


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