Assam floods death toll rises to 60

People travel in a mini bus at flood-hit Jamlai village in Kamrup district of Assam

People travel in a mini bus at flood-hit Jamlai village in Kamrup district of Assam

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.

"People who are not in relief camps but affected by floods nevertheless must also be provided relief", Sonowal said after a review of the flood situation through video-conferencing here on Monday afternoon.

He directed the five districts covered by the Kaziranga National Park - Nagaon, Karbi Anglong, Golaghat, Biswanath Chariali and Sonitpur - to take stringent steps to safeguard wild animals affected by floods with help from police and the Forest Department.

"The flood waters submerged around 1,96,700 hectares crop areas of the flood-hit districts and damaging 12 numbers embankments, around 604 roads and culverts and 71 numbers bridge". The worst affected was South Salmara, where over 2.44 lakh people were affected by the deluge, followed by Morigaon with more than 1.45 lakh sufferers.

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Authorities are running 280 relief camps and distribution centres in 15 districts, where 22,837 persons are now taking shelter.

In the neighboring Arunachal Pradesh state, 14 people were killed two days ago after a landslide in Laptap village caused by flash floods. The Dejoo Tea Estate of Goodricke India distributed relief materials consisting of rice, pulses, potatoes, salt, rice-flakes, biscuits, candles and soaps to the flood victims in Bogoleejan.

Other rivers flowing above the danger mark include Dhansiri at Numaligarh, Barak at AP Ghat in Cachar and Badarpurghat in Karimganj, Katakhal at Matizuri in Hailakandi and Kushiyara at Karimganj town.

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Monday directed all deputy commissioners to ensure that families affected by the current wave floods is provided with relief materials, as the death toll touched 65. Talking to the media, Lakhimpur Deputy Commissioner Barun Bhuyan said that an expert team from the State Water Resources department would visit North Lakhimpur on July 19 to find out a temporary preventive measure to channel out the flood water induced by NEEPCOs Ranganadi Hydro Electrical Plant.

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