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Over 6 lakh marooned in Assam floods, toll now 7


Guwahati: Over 6.5 lakh people in 15 districts of Assam continue to be marooned in the floods, as the toll reached seven after four bodies were recovered in Dhubri district on Saturday, the authorities said. Officials said the situation has improved slightly, with most of the rivers showing a steady trend on Saturday. As the toll rose to seven, there were reports that two people were swept away by the surging waters in Dhubri when their boat capsized.


The Assam State Disaster Management Authority on Friday said three people died in Chirang and Kokrajhar districts due to the floods. The state government has restricted the movement of passenger boats and ferries in rivers flowing above the danger level. Ferry services between Guwahati and north Guwahati, Jorhat to the Majuli island and other places have also been suspended due to the rising water levels in some rivers. Disaster management authority CEO P.K. Tiwari said most of the rivers have receded or were showing a steady trend. “We hope the situation will improve as the rains have stopped,” he added. Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi reviewed the flood situation with Water Resources Minister Basanta Das and senior officials at the chief minister’s secretariat.

Gogoi directed the revenue and disaster management department to take all possible steps to gear up relief and rescue operations and asked it to provide food, medicine, drinking water to people housed in relief camps. About 85,400 people from the flood-affected districts were currently living in 120 relief camps. Kokrajhar district is one of the worst hit, where 84 relief camps have been set up, officials said.


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Cow parts near temples spread tension in Assam districts


NewsGram Staff Writer

Guwahati: Tension shrouded Dhubri and Cachar districts of Assam as people clashed with police on Saturday following the discovery of cow body parts near temples. The clash left a few injured.  Curfew has been imposed in Dhubri district to prevent the incidents from spilling over.

Police said the ruckus started in Agomoni in Dhubri district on Friday evening after a group of people thrashed two youth alleging that they intentionally kept some beef near a temple in Kaldoba area.

Though police intervened and managed to contain the situation immediately, things went haywire on Saturday morning as hundreds of people belonging to one community protested against the assault on the two youths.

Police sources said the agitating mob vandalised shops and commercial establishments in Agomoni area and set ablaze a motorcycle.

Police resorted to baton-charge to subdue the situation which left many injured.

Police made 19 arrests so far for inciting violence.

Meanwhile, tension gripped Silchar town of Cachar district after the recovery of a cow’s head near a Kali temple in Meherpur area on Friday evening.

Despite the police managing to control the situation on Friday night, people from one community brought out a protest rally in Silchar on Saturday morning.

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi alleged the involvement of “fundamentalist forces” behind the incidents and said some people were trying to foment communal tension. He said police received intelligence inputs and were able to prevent the clashes before they could spread.

(With inputs from IANS)