Fresh floods affect over 65000 in Assam

Fresh floods affect over 65000 in Assam

The month-long first wave of floods in July had claimed 82 lives and affected 25.42 lakh people in 29 districts. The water level of Brahmaputra river flowing over danger level marks in Nematighat in Jorhat, Dibrugarh, Tezpur in Sonitpur, Dhubri following incessant rains in the stateand neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Bhutan.

The department said Aie, Gaurang and Champamati rivers are likely to flow in moderate to high flood levels and in unprecedented flood level in some reaches during the period at Barpreta, Bongaigaon, Chirang and Goalpara districts of Assam.

Meanwhile, the floodwaters have affected 10,99,217 people in 1,752 villages under 66 revenue villages across 19 districts.

Of the five deaths on Saturday, two were reported from Dhemaji district and one each from Lakhimpur, Morigaon and Kokrajhar.

The worst hit district is western Assam's Dhubri where 1.92 lakh people have had to abandon their houses to live temporarily on higher grounds. So far, 63,797 persons have taken shelter in these relief camps, the officials in the disaster management authority said.

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In Agartala, the capital of Tripura, almost 20,000 people have taken shelter in relief camps.

While seven of the 12 affected areas were already repaired and the lines certified for train running at controlled speed, in four sections train running are suspended till the situation improves. He also interacted with the inmates.

Roads and bridges were also damaged by the swirling floods in a number of districts.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently visited Assam to take stock of the flood situation.

Stating that the river beds of Brahmaputra and its other tributaries have become shallow reducing their water carrying capacity, Sonowal said that increased rainfall this year also have made matters worse as the state has witnessed severe floods. 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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