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Incessant rains cause havoc in Assam
Guwahati, Jun 28 (Agencies):
Published on 28 Jun. 2010 11:06 PM IST
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Most of the rivers, including the Brahmaputra, are in spate following incessant rains in the catchments since last three days. According to a Central Water Commission report this morning, the River Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger level at Dibrugarh, Jorhat and Dhubri.
The river Puthimari is flowing two metres beyond the danger mark. The rivers Dikhow, Desang, Jia Bharali, Pagladiya, Manas, Beki and Sonkosh are also maintaining rising trend above the danger mark.
The rising waters of the Brahmaputra have inundated 20 villages in Majuli Island and a portion of the Kaziranga National Park. The river Puthimari and Beki are rising alarmingly following release of water reportedly from the Kurichu dam in neighbouring Bhutan. The overflowing waters of the rivers have submerged more than a hundred villages in Kamrup, Nalbari, Barpeta and Baksa districts. Affected people are moving to safer places.
The surging waters of the Ranganadi, Singara, Pabhoi and the Gendali rivers have inundated as many as 43 villages in Naoboicha in Lakhimpur district affecting nearly 50 thousand people and damaging standing crops to a greater extent.
The worst affected districts are Lakhimpur and Jorhat in Upper Assam and the situation was turning worse in several other districts, officials said. More than 70 villages have been inundated in Lakhimpur by the rising waters of Ranganadi, Dikroi, Kakoi and Singra, all tributaries of the Brahmpautra and the worst affected are the villages under the Naoboicha revenue circle, they said.
In Jorhat district, Brahmaputra’s tributary Saraikoni river has breached two embankments under Titabor sub-division inundating 40 villages including 15 schools and a sattra (vaishnav monastery).

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