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Assam Floods: Over 2.5 Lakh People Affected across 16 Districts

By: Sashwata Saha
27 Jun 2020 Class of 2020, Kolkata

Guwahati, June 27: With continuous heavy rainfall in most parts of the state on Friday, the floods in Assam are worsening, affecting over 2.53 lakh people in 704 villages across 16 of the state’s 33 districts. Officials have said that the Brahmaputra river has swelled up well above the danger level in nine districts.

The Assam State Disaster Management Authority said that over 40 revenue circles in the districts of Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Jorhat, Dhemaji, Golaghat, Kokrajhar, Sibsagar, Barpeta, Lakhimpur, Majuli, Nagaon, Darrang, Biswanath, Nalbari, Baksa and Udalguri have been affected by the floods.

Meanwhile, state-owned Oil India Limited (OIL) said to the press that due to the heavy rainfall during the past few days, Baghjan – where one of its oil wells, which had been spitting out natural gas and oil condensates since May 27, caught fire on June 9 and is still burning for over two weeks now – and adjoining areas in the Tinsukia district have been badly hit by flood water and the accident site has been inundated, affecting the efforts to douse the flames.

With another person drowning in Dibrugarh yesterday, the number of deaths due to floods this season has risen to 16. The districts of Dhemaji and Tinsukia have been the worst affected districts so far, with 88,269 and 59,261 victims, respectively. The floods have also displaced 18,234 people from their homes, who are being sheltered in 142 camps in nine of the affected districts. Yesterday, rescue teams evacuated 151 people stranded or trapped in the districts of Dibrugarh, Dhemaji and Nalbari.

The India Meteorological Department has warned that “extremely heavy rainfall is likely over Assam and Meghalaya till June 27”.

 

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