Flood Fury: 75,000 Assamese displaced

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Guwahati, Jul 19: Its monsoon time and states like Assam and Madhya Pradesh are reeling under flood fury and panic. Following this, around 75,000 Assamese were evacuated by the Assam government on Tuesday, Jul 19 due to the heavy floods that struck the state overnight.

The evacuation started late in the night and people were moved to safety camps. In Lakhimpur and Dhemaji, nearly 50,000 people have been evacuated. People have taken shelter on railway tracks, government schools and other places far away from the flood zone. Meanwhile, people in the river island of Majuli were stranded as gushing water breached one of its mud embankments.

"So far more than 75,000 people have been displaced and they are taking shelters in various makeshift camps," a government spokesperson said.

"Most of the flood-hit people are now taking shelter in raised platforms, on railway tracks, and in government schools and offices, so far untouched by the floods," he said. "We have alerted all agencies. Relief materials and medical teams have also been rushed to the affected areas," the official added.

"The situation is worrisome and we are concerned about the safety of the animals and our forest guards," a park official said.

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