Assam floods death toll rises to 60

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Assam floods claimed five more lives today, even as the overall situation improved marginally with around 8 lakh people affected across 17 districts in the state.

According to a report by the Assam Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), lately, 7 people were killed in various flood-related incidents in Goalpara, Jorhat and Lakhimpur districts.

Close to 12 lakh people in 24 districts of Assam continued to reel under floods as the death toll reached 59 in the state on Saturday. One person is missing so far in flood in the district.

ASDMA said 1,512 villages are under water and almost 50,000 hectares of crop area inundated. The situation, however, remained grim in South Salmara district of lower Assam and Morigaon district of central Assam where a population of 2,44,413 and 1,45,746 respectively are affected. Mr. Sarma said, almost 4 thousand villages have been affected in 29 districts in the current wave of floods.

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The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) authority has maintained smooth operation of railway services and are running special trains in flood-hit Assam where operation of passenger vehicles has been disrupted in many parts because of over topping highways by flood water.

But the government dismissed the allegations, saying adequate resources are allotted for flood survivors and efforts are being made to save the marooned people and distribute relief quickly.

While the flood-affected people have started leaving relief camps for their homes in several districts, severe shortage of safe drinking water, food, medicine and cloth have rung alarm bells, prompting chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal to direct deputy commissioners in the affected districts to ensure that every flood-affected family was provided with relief materials without delay.

In Morigaon district, where the Brahmaputra had caused a major breach on a newly-constructed embankment on Saturday night, at least three persons had died after being washed away by the floods on Monday, official reports said. Across the state, 8,31,472 animals and poultry were affected by the flood waters at present.