Assam flood: Death toll reaches 21, situation improves

Guwahati: Three more persons died due to floods in two districts of Barak Valley in Assam, taking the death toll in the first wave of floods this year to 21, even as the overall flood situation improved in the state on Friday.

Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) officials said that three people died: one in Karimganj and two others in Cachar — due to flood on Friday. A total of 3,69,402 people are reportedly reeling under flood in 449 villages of five flood hit districts.

“The flood situation has improved. While water has receded in some villages, there are many inmates of the relief camps who had left for their houses,” said ASDMA officials.

It may be mentioned here that over 700 villages in the state have been submerged due to the floods in five districts of the state earlier this week.

“However, three persons died due to flood on Friday: one in Karimganj and two in Cachar,” the officials said.

While the flood waters have receded in Nagaon district, Hojai, Dhemaji, Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi districts continue to be affected due to flood as on Friday.

Floods have severely affected three districts in Barak Valley.

As on Friday only 78 relief and shelter camps were functional with little over 30,000 people taking shelter while the rest of the people have left for their homes. None of the major rivers of the state are flowing above danger levels, the ASDMA officials said.