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50,000 displaced in Assam
Published on 23 Apr. 2010 12:22 AM IST
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Heavy rains triggered flash floods in Assam Thursday displacing at least 50,000 people in the state’s Lakhimpur district, officials said. No casualties have been reported.
A government spokesman said floodwaters of Singora river, a tributary of the Brahmaputra river, entered at least 50 villages forcing residents to take shelter on raised platforms and railway tracks.
“There has been a breach of about 20 to 30 metres in two embankment and that led to floodwaters entering human settlements,” a district official said.
“So far, there are no reports of casualties in the floods. Measures are being taken to plug the breaches in the mud embankments,” the official said.
“We have sounded maximum alert and have already kept disaster management teams on standby. We are also taking stock of essentials and other commodities in the district,” the official added.
This is the second wave of floods in Assam this year - the first hit the same district last month although the magnitude was not devastating. The 2,906-km-long Brahmaputra is one of Asia’s largest rivers and traverses its first stretch of 1,625 km in China’s Tibet region, the next 918 km in India and the remaining 363 km through neighbouring Bangladesh before flowing into the Bay of Bengal.
Landslides in Arunachal
Meanwhile in Arunachal Pradesh at least 12 people have died in due to landslides triggered by heavy rains that have cut off road links among many districts.
Official sources said in Itanagar that several rivers have crossed the danger level. Reports from the district said many people are facing shortage of essential commodities like medicines because of the rains that are lashing the state for a month.
There have also been reports of blood dysentery among locals at Anini in Dibang Valley district. The water level of Jengthu, Kamlang and Berreng river are flowing above danger level and have submerged numerous villages, the sources said, adding, other rivers in the state are also near touching the red signal.

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