Assam floods: Over 2.20 lakh affected, death toll rises to 15

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Following the second wave of floods in Assam, more than 2.20 lakh people in 13 districts of the state have been affected.

The water level of Brahmaputra river and its tributaries continues to rise with floodwaters entering more areas in these affected districts of Assam.

One person drowned at Sissiborgaon in Dhemaji on Thursday, taking the death toll due to floods in the state to 15.

According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), over 2.20 lakh people in 554 villages in Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Nalbari, Kokrajhar, Nagaon and Barpeta districts have been affected in the second wave of floods.

Over 91,000 people have been affected in Dhemaji district, followed by 27,000 in Majuli and 24,000 in Tinsukia district.

The floodwaters have submerged more than 18,000 hectares crop land and affected over 19,100 domestic animals.

The worrying situation in Assam has forced many to leave their homes. Around 12,200 have taken shelter in 53 relief camps.

The NDRF and SDRF teams have been engaged to rescue those affected due to floods. So far, the teams have rescued over 5,000 people.

Meanwhile, the water level of Brahmaputra river is flowing above danger mark at Neamatighat in Jorhat district, Tezpur in Sonitpur district and Dhubri district, while Burhidihing river is flowing above danger level at Chenimari in Dibrugarh district. Dhansiri river is above is flowing above danger mark at Numaligarh in Golaghat district, Jia Bharali at NT Road crossing in Sonitpur district and Beki river at Road Bridge in Barpeta district.

In Guwahati, the water level of Brahmaputra river is also rising and just a few centimetres short of touching the danger-level mark.

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