Assam flood situation deteriorates drastically, claims 5 lives

Elias Hubbard
August 12, 2017

For last four days, heavy rains had disturbed routine life in states like Assam, Tripura, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh. In eastern Assam's Tinsukia district, authorities ordered 225 schools to remain shut as the situation worsened. 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.

The Brahmaputra and its tributaries Burhidihing, Subansiri, Dhansiri, Jia Bharali, Puthimari, Beki, Gaurang and Sankosh were flowing above the danger marks at several places.

The state government has opened 15 relief camps in Lakhimpur, Chirang, Kokrajhar and Golaghat districts to help those whose homes have either been damaged or washed away in floods.

Crop land damage was in areas of 1,00,441.70 hectares. 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. The reason behind the rise in the water-level in the Brahmaputra and its tributaries is due to the heavy rains in catchment areas of neighbouring hilly states. Nine other rivers are also flowing above danger mark in Assam.

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

The ASDMA report said Dhubri is the worst affected where 1.92 lakh people have hit, followed by Dhemaji where 1.51 lakh people have been affected by the calamity.

The flood victims in Upper Assam's Tinsukia district accused that flood was caused after NEEPCO released water from its dam in neighbouring state of Arunachal Pradesh. In the capital Itanagar, National Highway 415 in Karsingsa has been affected again as a large portion of the road caved in on Friday morning due to water logging, leaving several passengers stranded. Nearly all trains are running late in North Bengal due to continuous rainfall.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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