Thousands Of People From 116 Districts In Assam Left Homeless After Dam Releases Excess Water

Thousands of people in several Assam villages have been left without shelter after being affected from flash floods. The excess water released from a dam located at Nagaland’s Wokha district forced people in 116 villages in the northeast state to flee their homes.

The dam is run by the North East Electric Power Corporation Limited (NEEPCO).

This is the second wave of floods since last week affecting 1,04,205 people in five districts — Golaghat, Sivsagar, Dhemaji, Lakhimpur and Darrang. Over 93,000 marooned people are from the 116 villages of Golaghat, officials added.

Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) officials said the floods have also affected 7,424 hectares of agricultural land and over 26,000 people have taken shelter in 123 relief camps opened by the state government. Large tracts of paddy fields are also covered with sediments affecting the farmers.

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