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Heavy rains to continue over Assam, Meghalaya; flood situation to worsen

12 August 2017

Guwahati: With heavy rains for last four days, parts of northeast India are facing extreme flash floods and the situation has turned extremely grim the past 24 hours.

Floods have ravaged Assam since April, uprooting over 25 lakh people in 29 districts and leaving 76 people dead. The Disaster Management Authority of Assam reportedly said that over 63 thousand people have taken refuge in 268 relief camps in the state as over 1,750 villages are trapped.

The water level in the main channel of Brahmaputra River is flowing above the danger mark in Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Tezpur and Dhubri while at least eight of its tributaries are also flowing above the danger level, according to the report of Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA).

In Assam, 19 districts are once again under flood waters.

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Most of the rivers in the state are maintaining a rising trend. From June to July, a total of 84 people lost their lives due to floods.

The worst affected district in upper Assam are Lakhimpur, Tinsukia and Dhemaji and in lower Assam, it is Chirang, Bongaigaon and Kokrajhar. 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.

Sankosh river in Dhubri district of Assam is also likely to flow in similar levels during the same period.

Crop land damage was in areas of 1,00,441.70 hectares. A portion of National Highway 415, which connects state capital Itanagar with Assam, eroded near Karsingsa on Friday.

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On the other hand, over 70 per cent areas of Kaziranga National Park now in the grip of flood and wild animals have been forced to take shelter in safer places. Road communication in several parts of the state has been disrupted due to landslides.

The Kyunshi River in Meghalaya is also flowing above the danger mark.

In Arunachal Pradesh, the unrelenting monsoon rainfall is creating havoc across the state with reports of floods and road blockades pouring in from various quarters.

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Heavy rains to continue over Assam, Meghalaya; flood situation to worsen