Assam floods: Toll rises to 174, more than 22 lakh people affected

The toll due to floods and landslides in Assam rose to 174 after one person died in the state on Saturday.
The toll due to floods and landslides in Assam rose to 174 after one person died in the state on Saturday.

The toll due to floods and landslides in Assam rose to 174 after one person died in the state on Saturday.

The flood situation in the northeastern state remained dire on Saturday, with over 22.17 lakh people still affected across the state, India Today reported. At least 1,934 villages in 27 of the state’s 34 districts are still reeling under floods.

Cachar is one of the worst-affected districts, with nearly 12.32 lakh people still affected, followed by Nagaon with nearly 3.79 lakh and Barpeta with over 22.08 lakh people still affected by the floods, according to government sources.

As of now, 2,77,335 persons are living in 404 relief camps across Assam. The Cachar district has the highest number of persons at 2.42 lakh in relief camps, data stated.

According to the state disaster management authority’s report on Saturday, the deluge has damaged crops over 50714.18 hectares. The Barpeta district is the worst affected in this respect, with crops over 14,172.00 hectares having suffered damage.

In the state’s worst-hit Silchar town, several areas remained under flood water, including Chengcoorie Road, National Highway Road and Malini Beel.

The Brahmaputra, Kopili, Disang and Burhidihing rivers continued to flow above the danger mark in many parts of the state. However, some other rivers showed a receding trend on Saturday.