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    Bhutan Releases Dam Water, Red Alert Sounded In Lower Assam; Death Toll Rises To 75 | 10 Points

    Guwahati: Following the death of six more people in the last 24 hours, the death toll in Assam due to flood has risen to 75. According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA)’s daily flood bulletin, flood waters have inundated 20 of 33 districts in the state. Over 34 lakh people and around 3,000 villages have been hit by the monsoon mayhem.

    The flood situation has further worsened in Lower Assam following the release of excess waters from the Kuricchu Hydropower Plant reservoirs in Kuricchu river in Bhutan. A red alert has been sounded in districts of Barpeta, Chirang, Baksa and Bongaigaon.

    Additional teams of National Disaster Response Force and State Disaster Response Fund personnel have been deployed to carry out rescue operations if needed. All departments have been put on alert to tackle the emergency situation likely to arise post the release of water, while the army has been put on stand-by.

    On July 24th, 2019, Assam Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal visited the Ashmer Alga BOP in South Salmara-Mankachar district along the Indo-Bangladesh border. He inspected the site of breached border fencing due to floods and directed speedy repairs for the continuation of efficient patrolling.

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    Here are the top 10 developments:

    • Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma reviewed the ongoing flood situation in Assam on July 24th, 2019.
    • A total of 30 embankments have breached during the current wave of floods in Assam.
    • The State Public Works Department has suffered a major loss estimated to be Rs 350 crore so far due to the devastating flood.
    • Different departments have sought about Rs 1,000 crore to overcome the damages caused by the ravaging floods.
    • The Assam government will earmark sufficient budget to take up Permanent Restoration of the embankments, reconstruction of roads, culverts, public health centres, irrigation canals, water supply schemes and so on to ensure that they are flood-proof.
    • A total of 826 relief camps are operational in the districts of Baksa, Nalbari, Barpeta, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, Goalpara, Kamrup, Morigaon, Nagaon, Golaghat and Jorhat districts with a total of 2,00,525 inmates.
    • 107 Relief Distribution Centres are operational in the districts of Lakhimpur, Udalguri, Darrang, Barpeta, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, South Salmara, Kamrup, Morigaon and Golaghat.
    • The mighty Brahmaputra river at Neematighat (Jorhat) and Dhubri, Jia Bharali at NT Road Xing (Sonitpur), Puthimari at NH Rd Xing (Kamrup), Manas at NH Rd Xing (Barpeta), Beki at Rd Bridge (Barpeta), Gaurang at Kokrajhar (Kokrajhar) and Sonkosh at Golakganj (Dhubri) are flowing above danger level.
    • The India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted that states such as Assam and Meghalaya are likely to receive heavy rainfall in the next 24 hours.
    • Over 200 animals killed as flood situation continues to worsen in Assam. As per latest reports, a total of 111 hog deers, 12 sambars, 18 wild boars, 17 Rhinos, seven swamp deers, three porcupines, two water buffaloes and one elephant has drowned in the park.

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