Assam flood: 18 dead; over 8.39L hit in 32 districts

Guwahati, May 21 (IANS): The flood situation in Assam further deteriorated on Saturday with the death of four more persons, taking the death toll to 18, officials said, adding over 8.39 lakh people have been affected in 32 of the state’s 34 districts.
According to the officials of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) the fresh deaths were reported from Cachar (2), Nagaon, and Hojai districts while one person is missing in Cachar district.
An ASDMA release said 839,691 people, including 145,126,children, of 3,246 villages in 32 districts have been affected.
It said that a total of 24,749 stranded persons have been evacuated with the help of disaster response forces and volunteers.
In all, 499 relief camps and 519 relief distribution centers have been opened in all the affected areas.
A total of 92,124 people are staying in the relief camps.
Over 100,732 hectare of crops have been affected.

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