Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Heavy rains trigger flood-like situation

Heavy rains trigger flood-like situation

Dhansiri North river is, however, likely to flow in high to unprecedented flood situation in Assam's Darrang district, the Met department said.

With these, the total number of persons who were killed in flood-related incidents across Assam this year rose to 89, including eight in Guwahati.

According to NDTV report, the swollen Brahmaputra river is also flowing above the danger level at several places and the water level is rising cm every few hours.

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Saturday's casualty has taken the toll in floods to more than 150 across five north-eastern states - Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland. The reason behind the rise in the water-level in the Brahmaputra and its tributaries is due to the heavy rains in catchment areas of neighbouring hilly states. Around 1 lakh hectares of cropland has also been submerged.

The ASDMA said 11 lakh people are affected in Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Sonitpur, Baksa, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Chirang, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South Salmara, Morigaon, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar, Charaideo, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts.

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

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In Meghalaya, the Kynshi River is flowing above the danger level, inundating low lying areas in Kauai hills. In the capital Itanagar, National Highway 415 in Karsingsa has been affected again as a large portion of the road caved in on Friday morning due to water logging, leaving several passengers stranded.

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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