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Assam Floods: Death toll touches 81, Central term to assess damage

More than 48 lakh people have been affected in 32 of the state's 34 districts in the second wave of floods.

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Guwahati: The flood situation in Assam continues to be grim with the death of 11 more persons on Monday, taking the death toll to 81, officials said.

More than 48 lakh people have been affected in 32 of the state’s 34 districts in the second wave of floods.

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Meanwhile, a team of officials from Delhi will visit Assam to assess the damage caused by devastating floods in the state.

Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said in a tweet that Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday in telephonic conservation informed him that a central team will soon visit the state to assess the flood damage.

“Hon HM Shri @AmitShah ji called twice this morning to enquire about the flood situation in Assam. He informed that a team of officials shall soon be sent by the Ministry of Home Affairs to assess the damages caused by the natural calamity. Grateful to HM for his help,” Sarma tweeted.

Even as the national and state agencies, including the National Disaster Response Force, are working round-the-clock in the relief and rescue operations, the Assam government has asked the Army to be on stand-by mode to reach out to the affected people.

According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), the fresh deaths were reported in eight districts while seven persons are missing in five districts.

An ASDMA bulletin said that 47,72,140 people, including 10,43,382 children, have been affected by the floods.

In all, 810 relief camps and 615 relief distribution centres have been opened in all the affected areas. A total of 2,31,819 people are staying in the relief camps while over 1,13,485 hectares of crops have been damaged.

The water in five rivers Brahmaputra, Kopili, Beki, Pagladiya and Puthimari is flowing above the danger level at several places.

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