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Assam: Nearly 2 lakh people affected, over 8,000 shifted to relief camps in first wave of floods

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27th May, 2020 13:16 IST

Nearly two lakh people in Assam have been affected by the first wave of floods in the state even as the situation worsened on Tuesday, The Assam Tribune reported. More than 220 villages in seven districts have been inundated and about 9,000 people have been shifted to relief camps.

The State Disaster Management Authority said 1.94 lakh people in the districts of Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Darrang, Nalbari, Goalpara, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia were affected. A total of 35 relief camps and relief distribution centres were opened and 8,971 people put into the camps as of Tuesday.

A red alert was sounded on Wednesday predicting very heavy rainfalls in the districts of Kokrajhar, Kokrajhar, Chirang and Baksa. The Jia Bharali river in Sonitpur district and Brahmaputra at Nimatighat in Jorhat were flowing above the danger level.

The Central Water Commission on Tuesday sounded a flood alert for the Brahmaputra river for Neamati Ghat, Jia Bharali in Jorhat and Sonitpur districts in Assam. The floods, which are the first of the season, fuelled concerns of loss of life and property as the floodwaters continue to rise in the region. They also come at a time when the country is grappling with the coronavirus pandemic and a nationwide lockdown imposed to contain it.

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