Fresh floods affect over 65000 in Assam

Cheryl Sanders
August 13, 2017

In the Brahmaputra basin in Assam, the river is likely to flow in moderate to high to unprecedented flood levels in Kamrup, Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Golaghat, Nagaon, Morigaon, Goalpara and Dhubri districts between August 10 and August 20. From June to July, a total of 84 people lost their lives due to floods. The State Emergency Response Centre reportedly said that several major rivers, including Howrah River, which passes through the capital city, were flowing above the danger mark.

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.

Following the devasting flood, around 64,000 people are homeless and forced them to take shelter in the relief camps set up by the districts administration. In eastern Assam's Tinsukia district, authorities ordered 225 schools to remain shut as the situation worsened. Personnel of the State Disaster Response Force, National Disaster Response Force and others were engaged in rescue and relief operations.

"Around 11 lakh people of 19 districts are affecting in the second wave flood".

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

According to the flood bulletin released by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), Dhemaji, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Chirang and Kokrajhar districts were affected by floods in the past 24 hours. The Brahmaputra was flowing above the danger mark at Nematighat, Dibrugarh, Tezpur and Dhubri, the ASDMA stated in a bulletin on Saturday evening.

Floods also wreaked havoc in the river island of Majuli forcing the affected to flee to highlands.

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 announced a package of Rs 2,000 crore for the flood and landslide-affected states of the region. Nearly all trains are running late in North Bengal due to continuous rainfall.

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