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Assam, Bihar flood tolls now 156

  • Published at 08:21 pm July 21st, 2019
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File photo: Villagers travel on a boat near a submerged house at the flood affected Balimukh village in Morigaon district of India's Assam state on July 15, 2019 AFP

The flood bulletin said over 132 thousand displaced people have moved to 689 relief camps and 240 relief distribution centres set up by the district administrations

The toll in the floods in India’s Assam and Bihar touched 156 on Saturday, according to the state governments’ daily bulletins.

In Assam, 12 more people died on Saturday, taking the number of deaths to 59, while around 4.4 million people remain affected by floods, the state disaster management authority said. Five more people died in Bihar on Saturday, taking the toll to 97.

Assam

The Assam State Disaster Management Authority’s flood bulletin said five deaths were reported in Morigaon district, three in Barpeta, two in South Salmara and one each in Nalbari and Dhubri districts, taking the toll to 59.

Twenty-four of the 33 districts in the state and 3,024 villages have been affected by the floods, the flood report said. Flood water has shown receding trends in Baksa, Hojai and Majuli districts, according to PTI.

The flood bulletin said over 132 thousand displaced people have moved to 689 relief camps and 240 relief distribution centres set up by the district administrations.

Bihar

Five more deaths were reported in the state on Saturday, taking the toll to 97, the state’s disaster management department said. Four deaths were reported from Madhubani district, where 18 people have died so far, and one person died in Darbhanga, where a total of 10 people died in the deluge.

Sitamarhi, where 27 deaths were reported, remained the worst-hit district, the disaster management department said. Twelve districts of Bihar have been affected by flash floods that hit the state after torrential rainfall in the catchment areas of Nepal last week. The deluge has affected 6.93 million people in the 12 districts, with over 115 thousand sheltered in 131 relief camps.