The flood situation in Assam has slightly abated even though the death toll rose to 25 as one more person died and over 6.5 lakh people remained affected by the deluge across 22 districts, an official bulletin said.
According to the daily flood report of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), one person in Silchar of Cachar district was lost to floodwaters.
With this, the total number of people losing their lives in this year’s flood and landslides has gone up to 25 across the state, it said on Monday.
ASDMA said more than 6,50,400 people are hit due to floods in Barpeta, Cachar, Darrang, Dhubri, Dibrugarh, Dima Hasao, Goalpara, Golaghat, Hailakandi, Hojai, Jorhat, Kamrup, Kamrup Metropolitan, Karbi Anglong West, Karimganj, Lakhimpur, Majuli, Morigaon, Nagaon, Nalbari, Sonitpur and Udalguri districts.
Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma today visited Haflong, the district headquarters of Dima Hasao & inspected landslide areas, including a road in the Sarkari Bagan area that was damaged by floods. He says restoration work will start soon. pic.twitter.com/Fm7QCbCClz
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Nagaon is the worst hit district with over 3.51 lakh people in distress, followed by Cachar (nearly two lakh people) and Hojai (more than 44,500 people).
Till Saturday, over 7.2 lakh people were affected by the deluge across 22 districts in the state.
At present, 1,709 villages are under water and 82,503 hectares of crop areas have been damaged across Assam, ASDMA said. It further said authorities are running 656 relief camps and distribution centres in eight districts, where 90,597 people, including 19,555 children, have taken shelter.
Interestingly earlier, In 2021 ahead of assembly polls in Assam , Union Home minister Amit Shah had promised to make Assam flood free in the next five years if BJP is voted to power again in the state. On 26 February 2021 Shah reportedly said, “Floods displace lakhs of people in Assam every year. We will divert the water to ponds and use it for irrigation. Give us five more years, we will make Assam flood-free,” Shah said at an election rally in Karbi Anglong.