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Floods affect over 4 lakh in Assam

Floods affect over 4 lakh in Assam
The third wave of flood had hit 15 districts in Assam on Friday. (PTI)
GUWAHATI, JUL 12 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 7/12/2019 11:43:18 AM IST

At least seven people have lost their lives till Friday and over four lakh have been affected due to flood which has hit across 700 villages in 21 districts of Assam.

The worst affected districts are - Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Sonitpur, Darning, Baksa, Barpeta, Nalbari, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Goalpara, Morigaon, Hojai, Nagaon, Golaghat, Majuli, Jorhat, Sivsagar, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia.

The situation is feared to remain grim for few more days as the water level of the Brahmaputra river flowing through Guwahati has crossed the warning mark. “Water has crossed warning level, it is still not at the danger level. 

In one to two days, it can cross danger level here too,” said V Gandhiya, Section Officer, Inland Waterways Authority. It is to be noted that the river had already crossed the danger mark at Nimati Ghat in Jorhat. The water level of other rivers like Dikhow, Dhansiri, Jia Bharali, Puthimari and Beki is also above the danger mark. 

The flood has destroyed a total of 13,267.74 hectares of crop area so far, according to an Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) report. According to India Meterological Department, the situation is likely to worsen as the state is set to receive more rainfall in the coming days.

Meanwhile, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal has directed the District Commissioners to activate round-the-clock control rooms for immediate response to the flood situation in their districts. He has also asked the government officers to update the stock of medicines in the hospitals and ensure availability of doctors. 

The flood has also led to a rise in Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) and Japanese Encephalitis case in Assam.  At least 14 children have died and over 189 cases have been reported so far.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) are working in tandem with state government officials to carry out the rescue and relief work. The overflowing water from the Brahmaputra river have also entered in some parts of the Kaziranga National Park, forcing rhinoceros and other animals to migrate in search of higher ground.

According to data provided by the Central Water Commission, several rivers are flowing above the danger mark. These are the Brahmaputra at Nematighat (Jorhat) and Tezpur (Sonitpur), Dikhow at Sivasagar, Dhansiri (S) at Numaligarh (Golaghat), Jia Bhoroli at NT Rd Crossing (Sonitpur), Puthimari at NH Rd Crossing (Kamrup) and Beki at Barpeta.

“We expect heavy to very heavy rain to continue over the northeast India until July 13 or 14. Rain activities will remain vigorous over Assam, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh. Moderate to heavy rain is expected over the rest of northeast India,” said Skymet.

 

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