Assam Floods: 15 lakh affected, 7 dead

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Guwahati: Nearly 15 lakh people were affected by Assam floods following torrential rain that killed 7. People living in 25 of Assam’s 33 districts are affected.

Officials said the situation might get worsened as the weatherman has predicted more rainfall in the next 24 hours. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) is actively evacuating people residing in low-lying areas to relief camps across the state, officials said.

More than 20,000 were shifted to 68 relief camps so far. Barpeta is the worst-hit, with over five lakh people displaced, official sources said.

The Centre has assured the state government of all possible help in tackling the floods. Earlier on Sunday, chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal has briefed Union Home Minister Amit Shah on the floods over phone.

Shah has chaired a high-level meet to review the situation in Assam and other rainfall-hit states across the country.

Water levels of 10 rivers in the state, including the stretch of the Brahmaputra flowing through Guwahati, have crossed the danger mark. Round-the-clock control rooms have been set up to respond to emergency calls.

Reports said over 70 percent of the Kaziranga National Park has been submerged in the floods. The animals have moved to safer places, officials said.

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