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Floods affect 8k8 liveover 600,000 in India's Assam, death toll rises to 18

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Pedestrians wade through floodwaters after heavy rains in Guwahati, Assam, India on June 3, 2024. [Photo/Agencies]

NEW DELHI - The ongoing floods in India's northeastern state of Assam have affected over 600,000 people and killed 18, officials said Tuesday.

The floods have hit 10 districts -- Hojai, Karimganj, Morigaon, Nagaon, Dima-Hasao, Cachar, Dibrugarh, Hailakandi, Golaghat and Karbi Anglong West -- and the situation remains grim.

"In Assam, the flood situation remains grim as 625,318 people are reeling under the deluge across 10 districts," an official said. "Four people have lost their lives in the past 24 hours and the number of deaths caused by the floods has so far reached to 18."

Additionally, four people are reported missing in Cachar district.

Officials said at present 577 villages are inundated and about 6,023 hectares of crop area have been damaged across the affected districts.

According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), the local government has opened 191 relief camps and 108 distribution centers in the affected areas.

Authorities have also canceled some trains owing to the damage to railway tracks in the affected areas.

Meanwhile, personnel from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) have been deployed to carry out rescue and relief operations in the flood-hit districts.

The flooding hit the twin states of Assam and Manipur following heavy rains in the aftermath of cyclone Remal, which made landfall between the coasts of West Bengal and Bangladesh last month.

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