New Delhi: Nearly 18 lakh people in Assam have been affected by floods in 22 districts as nine rivers, including the Brahmaputra, continue to flow above the danger mark in the northeastern state.

According to the latest report from the Assam State Disaster Management Authority, five people have died and nearly 2,30,000 people have been evacuated to relief camps.

The National Disaster Response Force and the State Disaster Response Force is working in tandem with evacuation operations. Lakhimpur, Golaghat, Bongaigaon, Jorhat, Dhemaji, Barpeta, Goalpara, Dhubri, Darrang, Morigaon and Sonitpur are the worst-affected districts. More than two-lakh hectare of crop area has been affected, while thousands of cattle and poultry have died.

Assam chief minister Sarbanda Sonawal held a meeting in Lakhimpur to review the flood situation in the north bank districts in the state.

The overflowing Brahmaputra river affected Guwahati, Jorhat, Sonitpur, Goalpura and Dhubri with many houses damaged and communication lines snapped.

Heavy rainfall has been forecast for several parts of the state in the next three days, according to the India Meteorological Department.

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