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Flood situation in Assam grim, over 25 lakh affected

Guwahati, June 26

The flood situation in Assam continued to remain critical on Sunday with more than 25 lakh people reeling under the deluge, although the water level has started receding in some areas. Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma visited Silchar in Cachar district, which is among the worst-affected areas, and assessed the damage in the Barak valley city.

637 relief camps

2.33 lakh people have taken shelter in 637 relief camps in the state259 distribution centres providing relief to those not in shelter camps67,237 people have been moved to safer places; fresh landslides also reportedDuring the past 24 hours, the state has received an average 7 mm rainfallThe northeastern state has recorded 1,891.90 mm rainfall since March 1

According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), over 25 lakh people are still facing difficulties in 27 flood-hit districts comprising 79 revenue circles and 2,894 villages. As many as 2.33 lakh have taken shelter in 637 relief camps of the northeastern state, which had been battling floods and landslides for the past two weeks. Relief materials are were being distributed to affected populations that haven’t put up at shelter camps through 259 distribution centres that have been opened temporarily, the ASDMA bulletin said. The NDRF has been helping the district administration in the evacuation of people apart from state forces like the SDRF, police and Fire amp; Emergency Services.

So far, 67,237 people have been moved to safety. Fresh landslides have been reported from Kamrup Metropolitan district, the ASDMA said. During the past 24 hours, the state received an average 7 mm rainfall and has recorded 1,891.90 mm rainfall since March 1.

As per the Central Water Commission bulletin, the Kopili river at Dharamtul in Nagaon, the Barak at BP Ghat in Karimganj and AP Ghat in Cachar and its tributary Kushiyara at Karimganj are flowing above the danger mark.

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