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Survivors: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma uses a boat to inspect flood-affected areas in Nagun district, Wednesday, June 22, 2022 (PTI Photo)

Guwahati: The flood situation in Assam remained grim on Wednesday with 12 people killed and 55 affected in 32 districts as the Brahmaputra and Barak rivers rose in new districts, officials said.

They said four people died in Hogai, three were killed each in Barpeta and Nalbari, and two people died in Kamrup.

With these deaths, they added, the number of victims of floods and landslides this year has risen to 101.

The flood situation in the three districts of the Barak Valley – Kachar, Krimganj and Hailakandi – remained critical as water levels continued to rise in the Barak and Kochiara rivers, inundating large swathes of land, officials said.

According to the Assam Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) bulletin, 54,57,601 people have been affected by the floods in 32 out of the state’s 36 districts.

Among the worst affected areas are Barpeta where 11,29,390 people are affected, Kamrup where 7,89,496 people are affected, and Dobri where 5,97,153 people are affected by the destruction.

Union Shipping Minister Sarbananda Sonwal visited relief camp at Phulaguri Senior Secondary School in Kapili district of Nagaon District, and interacted with the affected people.

He said a central team will visit the state soon to assess the damage and prepare a report and submit it to the government for support and assistance.

Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma also traveled to Nagun by train to review the situation. He toured various flood affected areas by boat and interacted with people who had taken refuge in relief camps at Kampur College and Al Raha Senior Secondary School.

He also interacted with the flood-affected people who took refuge in Chaparmukh railway station. Sarma met flood-affected families in temporary relief camps along the Nellie National Highway in Morigaon County and assured them of every possible assistance.

Prime Minister Silchar is likely to visit Kashar on Thursday to assess the situation.

The devastating floods, caused by continued rainfall, affected 112 revenue departments and 4,941 villages, officials said.

They said that a total of 271,125 people have taken refuge in 845 relief camps in the state.

According to the Central Water Commission (CWC), the Kobeli River was flowing above the hazard level at Kampur in Nagaon District, and Desang and Brahmaputra in Nymatigat, Tezpur, Julpara and Dubri.

At least 26 of the 233 campsites in Kaziranga National Park were inundated by the floods and 11 animals died due to drowning.

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