Flood situation worsens in Assam, 5 dead

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For last four days, heavy rains had disturbed routine life in states like Assam, Tripura, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh. The district administration has opened relief camps in many parts to provide shelter to thousands of people.

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. Total crop area of over one lakh hectare hectares has been inundated so far across these districts.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) is conducting rescue operations across the state.

"Around 11 lakh people of 19 districts are affecting in the second wave flood". The Army is also engaged in rescue and relief operations in lower Assam. "The water level of Burhidehing, Subansiri, Dhansiri, Jia Bharali, Puthimari, Beki, Gaurang, Sankosh also crossed danger level marks in many places", a top official of ASDMA said.

Almost 14,000 flood displaced people are taking shelter in 39 relief centres, the ASDMA report added.

The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Baksa, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Chirang, Kikrajhar, Dhubri, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivsagar, Charaideo, Tinsukia and Dibrugarh districts were affected.

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

Due to this rainfall, the rivers like Brahmaputra and its tributaries in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Meghalaya, Northern tributaries of Ganga in Eastern UP, North Bihar are likely to rise and create low to high flood with unprecedented flood in few locations.

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. 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. In North Bengal, nearly all trains are running late.

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