Floodwaters Continue to Submerge 253 Villages, Resulting in Damage to 1,526.08 Hectares of Crop Areas in Assam.
Houses in Kayakuchi, Barpeta District, Suffer Extensive Damage from Floods: Image Captured on Wednesday, June 28, 2023. (Photo: PTI)
According to an official bulletin, the flood situation in Assam showed signs of improvement on Thursday. However, tragically, four more individuals lost their lives, bringing the total death toll to 11 across the state.
The daily flood report from the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) revealed that around 37,700 people were still grappling with the effects of the deluge in four districts: Barpeta, Kamrup, Lakhimpur, and Sonitpur.
Among the affected districts, Barpeta suffered the most with over 28,000 people impacted, followed by Lakhimpur with 9,000 and Sonitpur with 400. The report highlighted that, as of Wednesday, a total of approximately 83,000 people had been affected across six districts.
In response to the crisis, the government had set up one relief camp in Kamrup district, accommodating four individuals, and three relief distribution centers in two districts.
According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), the flood situation in Assam remains critical. Currently, 253 villages are still submerged in floodwaters, and extensive damage has been inflicted upon 1,526.08 hectares of crop areas across the state.
Disturbingly, massive erosions have been reported in Nalbari, Sonitpur, and Tinsukia. In addition, heavy rainfall has triggered landslides in several areas of Kamrup.
The floodwaters have wreaked havoc on infrastructure, with embankments, roads, bridges, and other structures suffering significant damage in Jorhat, Barpeta, Kamrup, Goalpara, Kokrajhar, and Udalguri. Fortunately, no rivers are currently flowing above the danger mark, according to officials.
The adverse effects of the widespread flooding extend beyond human settlements. More than 32,000 domestic animals have also been affected by the calamity across the state, compounding the overall impact of the disaster.