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Death Toll Rises to 139 in Assam & Bihar Floods; Brahmaputra River Flowing Above Danger Level

Flood continues to show it’s agony on the people of Assam and Bihar, creating a total havoc situation in both states where the death toll has reached to 150 affecting over 1.15 core people up to Friday.

The death toll in Bihar climbed to 92 with 14 deaths reported from different marooned areas of the state while Assam reported with 47 causalities since Thursday.

Around 66.76 lakh people from 12 districts of Bihar have been severely affected by the calamity while Assam is devastated with 48.87 lakh people in 30 of its 33 districts.

The ravages of flood have affected the wildlife of Kaziranga at most which put their life into danger. Animals continue to shift to safer places as 80 percent of the national park and 95 percent of the camps are underwater.

Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) report said total 48,87,443 people of 3,705 villages are reeling under the impact of the flood.  A total of 1.79 lakh hectare agricultural land was inundated and around 90 percent of the habitats of rhinos in Kaziranga and Pabitara wildlife Sanctuary are underwater. 

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Of the 11 recent deaths, five were reported from Dhubri district and three from Barpeta and Morigaon district, according to ASDMA report.

The Brahmaputra River is crossing the danger level in some part of Guwahati, Goalpara and DhubriDhansiri at Numaligarh in Golaghat district, Jia Bharali in Sonitpur district, Kopili at Dharamtul in Nagaon district, the bulletin of ASDMA said.

Over 1.47 lakh affected people are now in 755 relief camps and 304 relief centers set up by the administration. However, many people complained about the authority for not providing adequate relief items or accommodation in the camps forcing some of them to live in boats and unhygienic places.

Himanta Biswa Sarma, Finance Minister of the state said that the administration probably did not anticipate the enormity of the deluge and that led to a shortage of relief materials in some camps.

The NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) and SDRF (State Disaster Response Force) teams are rigorously working in rescue operations in the 27 flood-hit districts of the state.  

Nineteen teams of National Disaster Response Force are engaged in the flood-affected districts of north Bihar, NDRF's 9 Battalion Commandant said in a statement. More than 4,500 people have been evacuated by NDRF personnel from far-flung villages of flood-affected Araria, Katihar, Sitamarhi, Madhubani, Darbhanga, Supaul, Muzaffarpur and Motihari districts as reported.  



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