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Assam floods: Death toll rises to 118, Silchar town submerged for the sixth day

The flood situation in Assam remained grim on Saturday also with the death toll rising to 118 and Silchar town in Cachar district submerged for the sixth straight day.

Meanwhile, ten more people in the past 24 hours died due to floods and landslides.

According to ASDMA, the total population affected by the floods declined to 33.03 lakh in 28 districts as against the previous day’s figure of 45.34 lakh in 30 districts.

The situation improved marginally in some districts, as rivers showed a receding trend though the Brahmaputra at Dhubri and Kopili in Nagaon were flowing above the danger mark.

The Cachar district administration is engaged in rescue operations in Silchar to evacuate marooned people to safety, with priority on shifting ailing persons to the hospital.

Eight NDRF teams comprising 207 personnel from Itanagar and Bhubaneswar, along with an Army unit with 120 personnel and nine boats from Dimapur have been stationed in Silchar.

Nearly three lakh people are in distress in Silchar with an acute shortage of food, clean drinking water, and medicines, the officials said.

The worst flood-affected districts in the state are Barpeta with 8,76,842 people in discomfort followed by Nagaon (5,08,475), Kamrup (4,01,512), Nagaon (5,03,308), and Dhubri (3,99,945), according to the ASDMA bulletin.

The deluge has hit 93 revenue circles and 3,510 villages, while 2,65,788 people have taken shelter in 717 relief camps, it said.

Relief materials were distributed from 409 delivery points among the flood-affected people, who have not taken shelter in the camps.

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