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Flood situation in Assam, Bihar grim; death toll reaches 209

One of the severely affected districts, Darbhanga has so far reported 12 casualties ever since Bihar was hit by flash floods earlier this month owing to torrential rainfall in Terai region of Nepal.

July 29, 2019 / 08:26 AM IST

The death toll in Assam and Bihar floods climbed to 209 on Sunday, with over 1.06 crore people affected by the deluge in the two states, officials said. In Assam, the toll reached 82 with the death of one more person in Barpeta district.

A population of 21.68 lakh of 1,716 villages in 56 revenue circles of Assam is affected by the calamity.

Besides Barpeta, the 17 other affected districts are Dhemaji, Sonitpur, Darrang, Baksa, Nalbari, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, Goalpara, Kamrup, Kamrup (M), Morigaon, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat and Cachar, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said.

The rivers flowing at the danger level are the Brahmaputra at Neamatighat (Jorhat) and Dhubri, the Desang at Nangamuraghat (Sivasagar), the Jia Bharali at N T Road Crossing (Sonitpur), the Puthimari at N H Road crossing (Kamrup), the Beki at Road Bridge (Barpeta) and the Kushiara at Karimganj (Karimganj), it said.