Nearly 1.8 lakh affected by floods in Assam

The flood situatio in Assam worsened on Thursday, as water entered four fresh districts affecting a total of 1.89 lakh people, while one more person died, taking the number of deaths due to the deluge to 13, according to an official report.

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal instructed the authorities of the affected districts to reach out to the flood-hit people on a war footing and adhere to the COVID-19 safety protocols during the relief-and-rescue operations.

The deluge claimed one more life in the worst-hit Dhemaji district, where over 91,000 people are affected, according to the daily flood bulletin of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA).

The number of flood-hit people in Dhemaji, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar and Dibrugarh districts was 38,000 on Wednesday, while the swirling floodwaters entered Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Golaghat and Tinsukia districts, raising the figure to 1.89 lakh on Thursday.

Tinsukia and Dibrugarh districts were also badly affected, accounting for 24,239 and 18,500 flood-hit people respectively, the ASDMA sa