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67 dead, Over 42 lakh hit by floods in Assam in 2014: Govt

Guwahati: At least 67 people have lost their lives and over 42 lakh people across Assam were affected in three waves of floods this year, the government said yesterday."Assam has suffered huge losses in terms

PTI [ Updated: October 01, 2014 7:08 IST ]
67 dead over 42 lakh hit by floods in assam in 2014 govt
67 dead over 42 lakh hit by floods in assam in 2014 govt

Guwahati: At least 67 people have lost their lives and over 42 lakh people across Assam were affected in three waves of floods this year, the government said yesterday.

"Assam has suffered huge losses in terms of lives, property, cropped land, dwelling units and infrastructure in three waves of flood this season... Altogether 67 persons lost their lives in this year's flood," an official release said.

The last deluge wrecked havoc in Kamrup and Goalpara districts, claiming several lives and leaving behind a trail of destruction, it said.

The statement said that 42,03,609 people of 4,446 villages across 23 districts have been affected so far, rendering tens of thousands of persons homeless.

The authorities have operated 800 relief camps, which housed 7,57,467 inmates, it said.

The release further said that flood waters affected 1,36,183 houses, including fully damaging 54,088 dwelling units.

The perennial natural disaster of the state has damaged 3,72,178.40 hectares of cropped area in 2014 and 10,91,493 livestock have been affected.

In terms of infrastructure, the government said 884 roads, 86 RCC bridges, 113 SPT bridges and 125 culverts have been damaged.

"A number of breaches have taken places at Ranganadi, Morapagladia, Dohkonia, Brahmajan, Solengi, Chatran, Doulapathar, Nonoi, Brahmaputa, Jiadhal, Buridehing, Krishnai, Damas and Saralbangha embankments," it added.

The statement, however, did not mention any monetary loss due to the floods in the state.

"A final assessment of the damages caused by this year's flood is being compiled by the concerned departments," it said.

As per the release, the Revenue and Disaster Management department has collected estimated reports from 23 flood-hit districts in the State.

The affected districts are Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Chirang, Darrang, Dhemaji, Dhubri, Dibrugarh, Goalpara, Golaghat, Jorhat, Kamrup Metro, Kamrup Rural, Karbi Anglong, Karimganj, Kokrajhar, Lakhimpur, Morigaon, Nagaon, Nalbari, Sivasagar, Sonitpur, Tinsukia and Udalguri.

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