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Assam flood situation deteriorates drastically, claims 5 lives

Assam flood situation deteriorates drastically, claims 5 lives

A fresh burst of heavy rains over the past 48 hours inundated Assam and several parts of northeast again, leaving five people, including a minor, dead and displacing 10.99 lakh people, across 19 districts of Assam.

Other rivers like Burhidehing at Khowang in Dibrugarh, Subansiri at Badatighat in Lakhimpur, Dhansiri at Numaligarh in Golaghat, Jia Bharali at NT Road Crossing in Sonitpur, Puthimari at NH Road Crossing in Kamrup, Beki at Road Bridge in Barpeta, Gaurang at Kokrajhar town and Sankosh at Golokganj in Dhubri are also flowing above danger marks, it added. Around 1 lakh hectares of cropland has also been submerged. More than 25 lakh people in 29 districts of the state had already been affected by the floods.

The NDRF is also conducting rescue operations across the state.

Later talking to the media persons, the Assam CM said that the government's first priority is to provide relief materials to all the flood affected people at this hour and all Deputy Commissioners have been instructed to ensure adequate flood relief to the affected people.

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A total of 354,326 people have been affected in the 15 districts while close to 14,000 people have taken shelter in 45 relief camps opened by the authorities, the officials said. As the Brahmaputra water rises alarmingly, authorities suspended ferry services in Majuli, Dibrugarh and Guwahati. Normal Monsoon conditions persisted over Gangetic West Bengal, remaining parts of northeastern states, Odisha, Coastal Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Rayalaseema, Gujarat, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, and Karnataka.

Rivers in South Sikkim are also likely to flow in Moderate Flood situation during the period from 10th to 15th August 2017.

In Tripura, state capital Agartala is waterlogged. At least 1.5 lakh people and 1.3 lakh in Assam's Dhemaji district and Bongaigaon district were affected.

The flood victims in Upper Assam's Tinsukia district accused that flood was caused after NEEPCO released water from its dam in neighbouring state of Arunachal Pradesh.


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