Third wave of floods hit Assam, three lakh affected

Advisory forecast for rapid rise in water levels of rivers in Northeast India
Fresh floods affect over 65000 in Assam
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12 August, 2017

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal visits inmates at Dinjoy Hazarimal Higher Secondary School flood relief camp at Dibrugarh for taking stock of the arrangements for inmates on Saturday.

River Dikhow and Desang in Sibsagar district of Assam are likely to flow in Moderate to High Flood situation during the period from 10th to 13th August 2017.

"We have opened 268 relief camps that are housing 63,797 people". Around 1 lakh hectares of cropland has also been submerged. 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.

The ASDMA official further said that, over 1.92 lakh people affected alone in Dhubri district, while 1.50 lakh people affected in Dhemaji, 1.30 lakh in Bongaigaon, 1.09 lakh in Kokrajhar, 77 thousand in Golaghat, 74 thousand in Barpeta, 57 thousand in Dibrugarh district.

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. 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. A portion of National Highway 415, which connects state capital Itanagar with Assam, eroded near Karsingsa on Friday. 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.

He also announced a package of Rs 2,000 crore for the flood and landslide-affected states of the region.

Flash floods and landslides have also affected large swathes of Namsai and West Siang districts of Arunachal Pradesh, washing away bridges and damaging roads.


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