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Flood Situation Worsens In Parts Of North East, 4 Dead In Assam

Flood Situation Worsens In Parts Of North East, 4 Dead In Assam

Guwahati: The fresh wave of flood in Assam has so far claimed five persons and rendered about 11 lakhs homeless in 1,752 villages from 19 districts of the state. Moreover, the flood situation in Assam has worsened overnight with the total number of flood hit people reaching to around 3.5 lakhs on Friday.

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.

The report said Brahmaputra, Buridihing, Dhansiri, Jia Bharali, Puthimari and Sankosh rivers were flowing above danger levels and have submerged more than 20,000 hectares of cropland.

Later talking to the media persons, the Assam CM said that the government's first priority is to provide relief materials to all the flood affected people at this hour and all Deputy Commissioners have been instructed to ensure adequate flood relief to the affected people.

River Subansiri in Upper and lower Subansiri districts of Arunachal Pradesh and Lakhimpur district of Assam is likely to flow in moderate to High flood during 10th to 13th August 2017. Now 1,752 villages are under water and over one lakh hectare crop area has been damaged, ASDMA said.

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

In Tripura, state capital Agartala is waterlogged.

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

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. At least 1.5 lakh people and 1.3 lakh in Assam's Dhemaji district and Bongaigaon district were affected. However, MeT department has issued warning of heavy rains.

While many rivers in Alipurduar Divisions are in spate, N. F. Railway authorities are keeping a close watch and continuously monitoring the situation nearby railway bridges in the entire division and taking all precautionary measures for safe train running.