The flood situation in Assam has further deteriorated as vast areas of two more districts were inundated, affecting 1.70 lakh more people, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said in a report. It said 3,41,837 people of 32 revenue circles of 14 districts are now affected by the deluge.
The two new districts where floodwaters entered since Thursday are Udalgiri and Dibrugarh.
This flood and landslides have claimed 64 people’s lives so far across the state with 40 having been killed in incidents related to the deluge and 24 dying in landslides.
Meanwhile, the Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) predicted more rainfall in various places across Assam and neighbouring Meghalaya.
RMC Deputy Director Sanjay O’neil Shaw said that very heavy rainfall at some places and extremely heavy falls at isolated places are expected on Saturday.
The ASDMA said Dhemaji continued to be the worst-hit district with around 1.3 lakh affected people, followed by Lakhimpur with 75,000 people and Barpeta with 63,000 people.
At present, 724 villages in the affected 14 districts are under water and 46,797.09 hectares of crop area have been damaged, it said.
The ASDMA said the authorities were running 41 relief camps and distribution centres in six districts, where 2,386 people have taken shelter.