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

Pauline Gross
August 12, 2017

Brahmaputra and its tributaries are also reported to be flowing above the danger level at several places. Around 1 lakh hectares of cropland has also been submerged.

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

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.

Later talking to the media persons, the Assam CM said that the government's first priority is to provide relief materials to all the flood affected people at this hour and all Deputy Commissioners have been instructed to ensure adequate flood relief to the affected people. If reports are to be believed, two waves of floods have affected over 25 lakh people in 29 districts of Assam this year, with the administration setting up 1,098 relief camps and distribution centres in the state.

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

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Meanwhile, ferry services across the Brahmaputra River has been suspended indefinitely all over the state including between Guwahati by the authorities in as water level in the river continues to show a rising trend.

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.

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

Meteorological department on Friday issued advisory forecast of rapid rise in water levels of rivers in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Sikkim for the next five days. In North Bengal, nearly all trains are running late.

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