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    Assam Flood Situation Remains Critical with 19 Affected Districts; Bajali District Worst Hit

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    Assam, India – The flood situation in Assam continues to be critical as at least 19 districts remain affected, according to the latest report by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA). With over 4,88,525 individuals affected across 1,538 villages and two urban areas, the devastating floods have caused significant distress and damage.

    Tragically, a flood-related incident claimed the life of Nikhilesh Malla Bujorbaruah in Nalbari district. He was reported missing after accidentally falling into floodwaters near his house, and his body was later recovered by the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF). This marks the second fatality in the state due to this year’s initial spell of floods, with the first death reported in the Tamulpur district on Thursday.

    The families of the victims will receive compensation under the Ex-gratia scheme, as announced by state government officials. The 19 flood-affected districts include Bajali, Chirang, Darrang, Baksa, Barpeta, Biswanath, Bongaigaon, Dhemaji, Dhubri, Dibrugarh, Goalpara, Golaghat, Kamrup, Kokrajhar, Lakhimpur, Nagaon, Nalbari, Tamulpur, and Udalguri, as stated by the ASDMA.

    Among the affected districts, Bajali is the worst hit, with 267,253 people affected, followed by Barpeta with 73,233 affected individuals. Over 35,142 flood-affected people have sought refuge in 225 relief camps set up by the state administration across 14 districts. The highest number of camps, accommodating 15,841 people, were established in Bajali.

    District administrators have been actively providing essential supplies such as food, medicine, and other necessities to those affected by the floods. Both the SDRF and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams are on high alert in flood-prone districts, ready to provide assistance as needed.

    The floods have submerged approximately 10,782 hectares of cropland, posing a threat to agricultural produce. Farmers express concerns about potential damage to their crops due to the inundation. In addition, more than 427,474 animals, including domestic and wild animals, have also been affected by the floods, with over 200 animals washed away, according to ASDMA data.

    Erosion and damage to critical infrastructure, including bridges, schools, and houses, have been reported in various districts. At least 14 river embankments have suffered damage in three districts, and infrastructure damages have been recorded in 213 areas across 14 districts.

    The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a ‘Yellow Alert’ and predicted ‘heavy rainfall’ until Sunday, exacerbating the flood situation. The Brahmaputra, Manas, Puthimari, and Pagladiya rivers are all flowing above the danger level, further aggravating the crisis. Urban floods have also been reported in Kokrajhar and Darang districts due to the torrential rain.

    The Assam government, along with disaster response teams, is working tirelessly to provide relief and aid to those affected by the floods. However, the situation remains challenging and requires ongoing efforts to mitigate the impact and support the affected communities.

    Sources By Agencies

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