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Floods in Assam claim 14 lives, affect 548 086 people in 719 villages, India


Heavy monsoon rains and floods affecting the Indian state of Assam over the past week have claimed lives of 14 people by June 19, 2018. 11 people died due to flooding and 3 due to landslides.

According to Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), 548 986 people in 719 villages of 6 districts (Nagaon, Hojai, Golaghat, Cachar, Hailakandi and Karimganj) have been affected.

With all major rivers flowing above danger levels, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) personnel have evacuated 8 201 marooned people from the flood-hit districts of Karimganj, Hailakandi and Cachar. 

The Government has opened up 437 relief camps in Cachar, Hailakandi and Karimganj, in which 159 652 flood-hit people are taking shelter. Additionally, 212 relief distribution centers have been opened up by the district administrations of Cachar and Karimganj.

The overall flood situation in the country's northeast continued to improve on Monday, June 18, except in Assam, where two more persons died, taking the death toll due to flood-related incidents in the region to 25, officials said, as reported by The Times of India.

While the water level in the rivers of Mizoram, Tripura and Manipur are receding, it is maintaining a rising trend in the six affected districts of Assam.

Two persons died in Cachar and Hailakandi districts in Barak Valley of Assam since yesterday, taking the death toll in the state to 14, according to a report issued by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) on June 18.

Karimganj district is the worst hit with the Kushiara, Barak and Longai rivers maintaining a rising trend.

ASDMA said that 2 186 hectares (5 401 acres) of crops had been washed away in the flood, adding that damage to embankments, roads and bridges was reported in Cachar, Hojai, Karbi Anglong East, Dima Hasao, Hailakandi and Karimganj districts.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy to very heavy rains in isolated places in the state till June 23.

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