Published: Вс, Августа 13, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Fresh floods hit Assam, 11 lakh people affected in 19 districts

Fresh floods hit Assam, 11 lakh people affected in 19 districts

Assam flood situation on Saturday deteriorated after the flood waters of Brahmaputra and its tributaries inundated more areas and affecting around 11 lakh people of 19 dstricts of the state.

Armed forces and disaster relief forces, engaged in relief and rescue operations, evacuated 2,615 stranded people.

Puthimari and Pagladiya rivers in Baksa, Kamrup and Nalbari districts of Assam are likely to flow in moderate to high flood situation between August 10 to August 14 as also Beki and Manas rivers in Barpeta district during the period from August 10 to August 15.

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. In last four days, 5 people lost their lives and around 10 lakh were affected by the floods. Four people have died in floods in Assam in past 24 hours.

A report of the State Emergency Response Centre of the Disaster Management wing said several major rivers, including Howrah River, which passes through the capital city, were flowing above the danger mark.

Of the five deaths on Saturday, two were reported from Dhemaji district and one each from Lakhimpur, Morigaon and Kokrajhar. Nine other rivers are also flowing above danger mark in Assam.

Almost 14,000 flood displaced people are taking shelter in 39 relief centres, the ASDMA report added.

In Meghalaya, the Kynshi River is flowing above the danger level, inundating low lying areas in Kauai hills. The district administration has closed down 225 schools in flood-affected areas in Tinsukia district.

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who was in Delhi on Friday, directed Chief Secretary V K Pipersenia to hold a video conference and talk to deputy commissioners of the affected districts to assess the intensity of the situation and undertake relief and rescue operations. Normal Monsoon conditions persisted over Gangetic West Bengal, remaining parts of northeastern states, Odisha, Coastal Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Rayalaseema, Gujarat, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, and Karnataka.

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