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Two lakh affected; 200 villages inundated in Assam flood

GUWAHATI/ NEW DELHI, JUL 17 (IANS)
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Published on 18 Jul. 2011 1:53 AM IST
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Nearly two lakh people have been affected by the first wave of flood which has hit Assam’s twin districts of Lakhimpur and Dhemaji.
Four people have so far lost their lives in the flood that has inundated nearly 200 villages in the worst affected Jonai sub division, official sources said in Guwahati today.
The district administrations of Lakhimpur and Dhemaji have pressed motor boats into service for rescue and relief operations.
The boats belong to the districts Disaster Management authority but incessant rain has hampered rehabilitation operation.
Flood has also affected neighbouring Sonitpur district with revenue circles of Halem and Gohpur under water of the swollen Subansiri river.
Meanwhile, the swirling water of river Jiadhol has caused flash floods in parts of villages of Kechukana, Lowmunri, Misamari and Naruathan.
Food items are being supplied to the affected people by the Dhemaji district administration.

Disaster response teams deployed in flood-hit Assam
With the water having touched the danger level in the Brahmaputra in some areas of Assam, the central government has deployed teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) in the affected areas for rescue and relief operations.
The central government is monitoring the situation in close coordination with the state government, an official release said here Sunday.
The home ministry release said the affected areas include Dhemaji (46 villages), Jorhat (25 villages), Lakhimpur (65 villages) and Sonitpur (three revenue circles) apart from Dhubri.
The release said that the central government has taken necessary precautionary measures by deploying teams of NDRF located at Guwahati in the affected districts.
“These teams are carrying specialized equipment to respond in any eventuality emanating from flood emergencies,” the spokesperson said, adding that the teams are equipped with deep diving equipment, inflatable boats, lifebuoys and life jackets.
The release said the home ministry is constantly monitoring the situation in close coordination with the Assam government.





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