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Assam Grapples with Worsening Floods, Leaving 16 Lakh People in Distress

Assam’s flood crisis has escalated dramatically, claiming eight more lives and affecting a staggering 1.6 million people across 27 districts. The situation has deteriorated seriously since Tuesday, when 1.1 million people were already struggling with floodwaters in 23 districts.

The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) reports that the death toll from this year’s flood, landslide, and storm has risen to 56, with three more individuals feared swept away by the raging waters.

Assam Grapples with Worsening Floods (Photo: Assam flood/Getty Images)

The floods have inundated over 2,800 villages, damaging extensive crop areas and disrupting critical infrastructure, including embankments, roads, and bridges.

The Brahmaputra River and its tributaries continue to flow above danger marks, submerging vast areas and exacerbating the crisis. In response, the administration has established 515 relief camps and distribution centers in 24 districts, providing shelter to over 386,950 people.

Rescue teams have heroically saved nearly 8,400 people, and essential supplies like food, dal, salt, and mustard oil have been distributed to those in need.

The scale of the disaster is staggering, with over 11 lakh domestic animals and poultry affected. The floods have wreaked havoc on the state’s infrastructure, with roads, bridges, and embankments damaged or destroyed.

The situation remains dire, with thousands struggling to access basic necessities like food, water, and shelter. As the floodwaters continue to rise, the people of Assam face an uncertain future, grappling with the devastating consequences of this disaster.

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