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Six more die in Assam flood, toll 20

19 June, 2018 4:20 PM
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Six people drowned in southern Assam’s Barak Valley on Tuesday, taking the death toll in the first wave of flood in the State to 20.

At least 21 others have died in flash floods and landslides in Manipur and Tripura over more than a month.

While the situation in the other states has improved, the situationin Assam remained grim with officials confirming four flood-related deaths in Karimganj district and two in Cachar district.

“Of the 20 people who lost their lives so far, three died in landslides,” a spokesperson of Assam State Disaster Management Authority said.

Officials said 564,074 people have nee affected in 727 villages and semi-urban localities of five districts – Nagaon, Hojai, Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi. About 3,890 hectares of cropland had also been affected by the deluge.

The authorities had set up 457 relief camps in four districts where 157,524 people were sheltered . The National Disaster Response Force and the State Disaster Response Force personnel had evacuated 9,250 people in the past 24 hours.

The Hailakandi district administration ordered suspension of classes and examinations at all educational institutes until further orders. “This has been done as most schools and colleges in different parts of the district are submerged,” Adil Khan, Deputy Commissioner of Hailakandi, said.

Source: thehindu.com

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