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Death toll rises to 101, over 5.5 million people affected; Chief Minister reviews flood affected areas MPNRC

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The flood situation in Assam remained grim on Wednesday as 12 more people were killed and 55 lakh people affected in 32 districts due to water-logging in new areas of the Brahmaputra and Barak rivers, officials said. Four people died in Hojai, three each in Barpeta and Nalbari and two people lost their lives in Kamrup, he said.

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With these deaths, the death toll in floods and landslides this year has risen to 101, he said. Officials said the flood situation in three districts of the Barak Valley, Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi, remained grim as the water level of Barak and Kushiara rivers continued to rise, submerging large tracts of land.

According to the bulletin of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), 54,57,601 people have been affected by the floods in 32 out of 36 districts of the state. The worst affected districts are Barpeta where 11,29,390 people are affected, Kamrup where 7,89,496 people are affected and Dhubri where 5,97,153 people are in the grip of devastation.

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Union Shipping Minister Sarbananda Sonowal visited the relief camp at Fulguri Higher Secondary School in Kapili block of Nagaon district and interacted with the affected people. He said a central team would soon visit the state, assess the damage, prepare a report and submit it to the government for support and assistance.

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Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma also traveled to Nagaon by train to review the situation. He visited various flood-affected areas in a boat and interacted with those who have taken shelter in relief camps at Kampur College and Raha Higher Secondary School. He also interacted with the flood-affected people who had taken shelter at Chaparmukh railway station. Sarma met flood-affected families at temporary relief camps along the national highway at Nellie in Morigaon district and assured them of all possible help.

The Chief Minister is likely to visit Silchar in Cachar on Thursday to take stock of the situation. Officials said that 112 revenue circles and 4,941 villages have been affected by the devastating floods caused by incessant rains.

Overall, 2,71,125 people have taken shelter in 845 relief camps in the state, he said. According to the Central Water Commission (CWC), the Kopili river is flowing above the danger mark at Kampur, Nimatighat, Tezpur, Goalpara and Dhubri in Nagaon district at Disang and Brahmaputra.

Flood waters in Kaziranga National Park have submerged at least 26 of the total 233 camps and drowned 11 animals.

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