9 more killed, 42 lakh hit as flood situation worsens in Assam


Guwahati, June 19

The flood situation in Assam deteriorated on Sunday with nine more persons, including three children, losing their lives and over 42 lakh people suffering across 31 districts, an official bulletin said.

According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority, six persons drowned and three were killed in landslides in different parts of the state.

The total number of persons losing their lives in this year’s flood and landslides has gone up to 71. At least 42,28,100 persons are affected due to the floods, the bulletin said.

Barpeta is the worst-hit district with over 12.76 lakh people suffering, followed by Darrang with nearly 3.94 lakh people affected and Nagaon with more than 3.64 lakh people hit by the deluge. Massive landslides were reported from Cachar, Dima Hasao, Goalpara and Hailakandi.

The weather office has issued an “orange alert” for Monday, while a “yellow alert” has been issued for Tuesday to Thursday. At present, 5,137 villages are under water and 1,07,370.43 hectares of crop areas have been damaged. The authorities are running 1,147 relief camps and distribution centres in 27 districts.

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