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‘COVID-19 and Flood’ – No Sign of Relief in Assam

Since the state saw it’s first wave of floods in May, the situation has only gone downhill from there. As of 29th June 2020, nearly 9.3 lakh people have been affected in over 23 districts.

While every part of the world is suffering from different kinds of calamity, there is one in India which is having a significantly worse situation. Assam has been suffering from heavy flood for more than a month now.

Since the state saw it’s first wave of floods in May, the situation has only gone downhill from there. As of 29th June 2020, nearly 9.3 lakh people have been affected in over 23 districts. Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Udalguri, Darrang, Nalbari, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South Salmara, Goalpara, Kamrup, Morigaon, Hojai, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia and West Karbi Anglong are some of the affected districts.

Among the 23 districts, Barpeta district has been worst hit with affecting nearly 1.35 lakh people. According to the State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), at present 2,071 villages are under water and 68,806.73 hectares of crop areas have been damaged.

If this wasn’t enough, the state is also dealing with a huge spike in the Covid-19 cases. On Sunday night, 327 persons tested positive, making the total number of cases in the state reach up to 7,492. Out of the 327 new cases, 195 were from Guwahati city alone.

Where Covid-19 has taken a total of 11 lives in the state till now, the flood has taken 18. In the ASDMA daily flood report, there were 2 deaths within the span of 24 hrs., one each from Dhemaji district and Udalguri district.

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