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Flood situation still grim in Assam
NEW DELHI, JUL 5 (Agencies):
Published on 6 Jul. 2009 12:25 AM IST
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The overall flood situation in Assam remains grim even on the fourth day. A red alert has been sounded in the areas of Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, and Jorhat districts where the Brahmaputra River is flowing above the danger level. Nearly one lakh hectre of crop has been submerged, and more than seventy thousand people have been left homeless due to the heavy rains in the catchments areas of the Brahmaputra river in the foothills of the Himalayan Hills in Arunachal Pradesh from the last one week. The situation in the districts of Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Dhubri and Baksa was grim with flood waters submerging nearly 50 villages and affecting more than one lakh people. In worst-hit districts of Lakhimpur, Dhemaji and Jorhat, vast tracts of land remained under water following embankment breaches caused by heavy rainfall in the foothills of Himalayas in Arunachal Pradesh. Teams of the National Disaster Management have been deployed for the rescue and rehabilitation operations. According to sources, the flood situation will remain same for next few days, as it is still raining heavily on the catchment areas of Brahmaputra and its tributaries.

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