Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Assam flood situation worsens

Assam flood situation worsens

Floods claimed five lives in Assam in last 24 hours with incessant rains in all bordering areas as well as within the state leading to rising water levels of all major rivers, affecting over 10 lakh population and train movement.

A total of 354,326 people have been affected in the 15 districts while close to 14,000 people have taken shelter in 45 relief camps opened by the authorities, the officials said. Over 1 lakh hectares of cropland has also been submerged.

Armed forces and disaster relief forces, engaged in relief and rescue operations, evacuated 2,615 stranded people.

The rescue teams of NDRF and SDRF had evacuated 2615 persons in flood-hit Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Morigaon, Majuli, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts.

The Assam State Disaster Management Authority has warned that the situation might turn worse as the Brahmaputra and its tributaries were flowing above the danger level at several places.

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.

In Tripura, state capital Agartala is waterlogged. "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 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.

The Kyunshi River in Meghalaya is also flowing above the danger mark. The worst-affected area being the South Garo Hills, particularly Baghmara town, where over 100 families have moved from their houses to safer grounds. 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. Nearly all trains are running late in North Bengal due to continuous rainfall.

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