Flood situation worsens in Assam, 5 dead

12 August, 2017, 22:30 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • IMD has forecast heavy to very heavy rainfall in some northeastern states sub Himalayan West Bengal Uttar Pradesh and Bihar

According to the flood bulletin released by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), Dhemaji, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Chirang and Kokrajhar districts were affected by floods in the past 24 hours.

Guwahati: Nearly 3.55 lakh people in 15 districts have been affected badly by a fresh wave of floods in Assam.

Other rivers like Burhidehing at Khowang in Dibrugarh, Subansiri at Badatighat in Lakhimpur, Dhansiri at Numaligarh in Golaghat, Jia Bharali at NT Road Crossing in Sonitpur, Puthimari at NH Road Crossing in Kamrup, Beki at Road Bridge in Barpeta, Gaurang at Kokrajhar town and Sankosh at Golokganj in Dhubri are also flowing above danger marks, it added. Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said, Centre is closely monitoring the rescue and relief operations in flood affected Tripura where NDRF personnel have been rushed to assist the state administration. Over 1 lakh hectares of cropland has also been submerged. Almost 20,000 people have taken shelter in relief camps in Agartala and suburban areas after an unprecedented almost 200 mm rainfall was recorded by the meteorological department, which predicted heavier showers for the next 24 hours till Sunday evening.

"Several animals of the park had taken shelter in neighbouring Karbi Anglong hills area by crossing NH-37".

He also interacted with the inmates who expressed their satisfaction over the arrangements and took stock of their problems while also enquiring about the quality of relief materials provided to them.

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More than 19 district's of Assam are once again under flood waters.

Saying that embankments are the major safeguards against floods, Sonowal stated that due to lack of proper strengthening of these embankments during last 70 years most of these became vulnerable and prone to breach in few areas.

Rivers in south Sikkim are also likely to flow in moderate flood situation during the period.

Official sources said incessant rains in different parts of the state as well as bordering Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya have led to rising water levels in all rivers across the state.

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