ASSAM: Nearly 1.8 lakh people affected by floods

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

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 said. The flood has submerged 19,430 hectares of farmland with standing crops.

The authorities are running 49 relief camps and distribution centres in five districts, where 11,468 people have taken shelter.

The Brahmaputra river is flowing above the danger mark at Neamatighat in Jorhat district, Dhubri town in Dhubri district and Tezpur in Sonitpur district, the bulletin said.

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