March 22, 2018

Heavy rains trigger flood-like situation

13 August 2017, 02:43 | Taylor George

Advisory forecast for rapid rise in water levels of rivers in Northeast India

Advisory forecast for rapid rise in water levels of rivers in Northeast India

The flood situation in Assam worsened on Saturday, affecting over 11 lakh people in 19 districts, with official reports saying five people had died during the day. Crop area measuring about 1,00,441.70 hectares has been badly affected.

Personnel of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are now engaged in rescue and relief operations in flood-affected areas of the State.

The second wave flood claimed 5 lives as total death toll mounted to 89 in this year so far in the state.

A report of the State Emergency Response Centre of the Disaster Management wing said several major rivers, including Howrah River, which passes through the capital city, were flowing above the danger mark. The army has also been put on stand by alert for emergency rescue operations, news agency PTI reported.

Later talking to mediapersons, the Chief Minister said that his government's first priority is to provide relief materials to all flood-hit people at this hour and all Deputy Commissioners have been instructed to ensure adequate flood relief to affected people.

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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.

Almost 14,000 flood displaced people are taking shelter in 39 relief centres, the ASDMA report added. The worst-affected area is the South Garo Hills.

On the other hand, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Friday visited two flood relief camps situated at Dhelakhat at Tinsukia and Dinjoy Hazarimal Higher Secornadry School at Dibrugarh district and enquired about the arrangements for the inmates of the camps. He also interacted with the inmates.

Rains in Bhutan have also fed the rivers of the state.

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.

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