Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Heavy rains trigger flood-like situation

Heavy rains trigger flood-like situation

Assam has been reeling under floods since June. The first round of floods had claimed 90 lives last month.

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.

Further, in the last 24 hours, the incessant heavy rains over Tripura has triggered flash flood like situation particularly in the western parts of the state.

The Indian Metrological Department (IMD) has also predicted heavy to very heavy Himalayan rain in a number of places with extremely heavy precipitation over Bihar, Sub Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam & Meghalaya. Over 1 lakh hectares of cropland has also been submerged.

"We have opened 268 relief camps that are housing 63,797 people". The fresh wave of floods has submerged upper and lower Assam, affecting almost 10 lakh people.

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

In Agartala, the capital of Tripura, almost 20,000 people have taken shelter in relief camps. The worst-affected area is the South Garo Hills. "Embankments at many places are facing damage due to boiling, seepage and peculation", sources said.

Saying that flood is not only Assam's problem as it also causes havoc in neighboring coutries like Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh etc, Sonowal stated that a multi state and multi nation approach for finding permanent solution to the problem of flood would be adopted by the government so that recurring damages and devastations can be avoided in future.

The present government therefore worked vigorously to fix and strengthen the embankments before the onset of monsoon and completed the works of 88 numbers of embankments in the state.

Sankosh river in Dhubri district of Assam is also likely to flow in similar levels during the same period. Road communication in several parts of the state has been disrupted due to landslides.

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