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Floods of 2004 most catastrophic in 30 years
AJIT PATOWARY
 GUWAHATI, Oct 9 - In terms of human lives lost and the size of population affected, the 2004 flood in the State stands out to be the most catastrophic in a 30-year period between 1988 and 2017. That year, 354 breaches occurred in the embankments on the rivers. Altogether, 497 human lives were lost due to floodrelated drowning cases that year, said official records available with this newspaper.The records state that a population of 1,26,37,477 in 15,950 villages was affected by the floods and a total number of 1,18,772 cattle heads were washed away by the floodwaters that year.

In 1988, a population of 83.11 lakh in 10,478 villages was affected by the floods and altogether 229 people lost their lives in flood-related drowning cases. The floods breached embankments at 185 sites that year. The cattle heads lost due to the floods that year stood at 33,025.

This year, the floods took a toll of 160 human lives and affected a population of around 55 lakh. Floodwaters breached embankments at 26 sites.

In 2007, 134 people were killed and a population of 1,08,67,629 in 10, 295 villages was affected by the floods. In total, 195 breaches occurred in embankments of the State that year.

In 1991, 108 people were killed and a total population of 53.07 lakh in 6,763 villages was affected by the floods. Floodwaters washed away a total of 21,627 cattle heads and breached embankments at 190 sites that year.

In 1996, floodwaters took a toll of 95 human lives and affected a total population of 40,37,348 in 5,054 villages and caused 86 breaches in embankments. The floodwaters also washed away 83,758 cattle heads that year.

Floodwaters claimed 90 human lives and affected a population of 42,03,609 in 4,446 villages in 2014, besides causing 32 breaches in embankments.

In 1995, 74 people were killed by the floodwaters, affecting a total population of 55,99,125 in 7,998 villages. The cattle heads lost that year due to floods stood at 6,087.

In 2002, 65 human lives were lost and a total population of 75,50,581 in 6,807 villages was affected by the floodwaters. Floods also caused 54 breaches in embankments and washed away 4,294 cattle heads that year.

In 2015, 64 human lives were lost and a total population of 42,03,609 in 4,763 villages was affected by the floods that also washed away 212 cattle heads and breached embankments at 45 sites. The following year, a similar number of people were killed and a total population of 40,08,602 in 4,471 villages was affected by the floods. In all, 37 breaches occurred in embankments that year.

In 1997, 37 human lives were lost, while in 2000, 36 human lives were lost due to the floods. In each of the years 1989, 1990 and 1998, 28 human lives were lost due to floods.

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