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Several lakhs displaced as rain lashes NE

Correspondent/Agencies IMPHAL/GUWAHATI/ ITANAGAR, JUL 3
Published on 4 Jul. 2017 12:18 AM IST
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Incessant rains continued to pound the Northeast, affecting lakhs of people particularly in Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh. Assam has been the worst affected. More rains, as predicted by weathermen, will only compound its problems. 
Manipur: The flood situation Manipur remained grim with fresh areas getting inundated. Parts of Imphal city and nearby residential areas remained flooded for the third day in a row on Monday.
Chief Minister N. Biren Singh on Monday held an emergency meeting with his cabinet ministers and top brasses of state administration to review the flood situation.
The chief minister has sought immediate help from the Centre and to declare the flood situation in the state as ‘severe nature’.
Considering the urgency of the affected people, a 24x7 State Disaster Control Room with telephone number 0385-2443441 has been opened with immediate effect to attend to the distress calls from the public and to co-ordinate with the DCs and concerned departments.
A flood-like situation prevailed in State capital Imphal too where the rising water of river Nambul inundated several localities. Landslides in the hill districts of Ukhrul and Kangpokpi affected the movement of vehicular traffic.
Assam: In Assam, floods and landslides claimed two lives on Monday-- both victims being minor girls – while the overall flood situation in the state continued to remain grim.
Officials said that around 3.55 lakh people have been affected in over 450 villages across eight districts. The affected districts were Barpeta, Jorhat, Lakhimpur, Karimganj, Cachar, Dhemaji, Karbi Anglong and Biswanath. 
The authorities set up 269 relief camps in Karimganj, Cachar, Dhemaji and Biswanath districts where 5,670 inmates were taking shelter.
Arunachal Pradesh: Heavy rains lashed several parts of Arunachal Pradesh, including the capital, causing landslides and flood-like situation in many areas across the state. The administration has alerted residents located at vulnerable areas, such as river banks, streams and landslide-prone zones and advised them to move to safer locations.
Heavy damages to roads, culverts, houses and other infrastructure were reported from the districts. 
Meanwhile, incessant rainfall led to erosion of a major portion of the National Highway 415 between Naharlagun and Itanagar. The National Highway 415 connecting Itanagar and Naharlagun has been closed and all vehicles were diverted to Papu-Nallah and Itanagar via Jollang Road.
The situation worsened as the soil below Barapani Bridge began eroding due to the rise in water level, official sources said. 
Chief Minister Pema Khandu has directed the district administration to immediately evacuate people living in vulnerable areas to safer places and to ensure adequate stock of ration, medicine and other essential commodities.
A report from East Siang district stated that the Siang river crossed the danger mark on Sunday night. In Tirap district, a huge landslide occurred between Khonsa and Longding road near the Tirath Hydel Project. The River Kameng at Seppa was reportedly flowing over the danger level. Due to the rising water level of Dipu Nallah, Tezu-Roing road traffic was diverted via Assam.

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