Five more die in Assam flood

first_imgFive people drowned across three inundated districts of southern Assam’s Barak Valley on Sunday, despite a slight improvement in the flood situation. This has taken the death toll in the State, including those killed in landslides to 13 since June 13.At least 21 others have died in flash floods and landslides in Manipur and Tripura over more than a month.Officials of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said 673 villages have been affected in six districts. Two major rivers, the Brahmaputra and the Barak, and six of their tributaries are flowing above the danger mark at several places.“Of the five who died today, three were in Cachar and one each in Karimganj and Hailakandi districts. The number of affected people has increased by 23,122 in the past 24 hours to reach 4,48,495, though the situation has improved a bit,” an ASDMA spokesperson said.National Disaster Response Force and State Disaster Response Force teams, engaged in flood-affected areas, rescued 6,153 people in southern Assam. Officials said there are 1,73,245 flood-affected people in 235 relief camps in five of the worst affected districts.Officials in Manipur and Tripura said the flood situation had improved as the States did not experience much rain in the past 48 hours. But many areas remained cut-off due to landslides that damaged several roads.Landslides along highways have cut off some parts of Arunachal Pradesh too. The affected districts include Anjaw, West Kameng and Tawang.last_img

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