Heavy rains trigger flood-like situation

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

After a brief hiatus, floods have gripped Assam again affecting 11 lakh people in 19 of the state's 32 districts. The fresh wave of floods has submerged upper and lower Assam, affecting almost 10 lakh people. The Disaster Management Authority of Assam reportedly said that over 63 thousand people have taken refuge in 268 relief camps in the state as over 1,750 villages are trapped.

"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.

Assam has been reeling under floods since June. Personnel of the State Disaster Response Force, National Disaster Response Force and others were engaged in rescue and relief operations.

Most of the rivers in the state are maintaining a rising trend.

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The month-long first wave of floods in July had claimed 82 lives and affected 25.42 lakh people in 29 districts. The water level of Brahmaputra river flowing over danger level marks in Nematighat in Jorhat, Dibrugarh, Tezpur in Sonitpur, Dhubri following incessant rains in the stateand neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Bhutan. Now 1,752 villages are under water and over one lakh hectare crop area has been damaged, ASDMA said. A portion of National Highway 415, which connects state capital Itanagar with Assam, eroded near Karsingsa on Friday.

The flood victims in Upper Assam's Tinsukia district accused that flood was caused after NEEPCO released water from its dam in neighbouring state of Arunachal Pradesh. Road communication in several parts of the state has been disrupted due to landslides.

Rivers in South Sikkim are also likely to flow in Moderate Flood situation during the period from 10th to 15th August 2017.

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.

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