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Flood situation in Assam worsens; 10 lakh people affected in 19 districts

12 August 2017

River Subansiri in Upper and lower Subansiri districts of Arunachal Pradesh and Lakhimpur district of Assam is likely to flow in moderate to High flood during 10th to 13th August 2017. The fresh wave of floods has submerged upper and lower Assam, affecting almost 10 lakh people.

The water level in the main channel of Brahmaputra River is flowing above the danger mark in Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Tezpur and Dhubri while at least eight of its tributaries are also flowing above the danger level, according to the report of Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA). Total crop area of over one lakh hectare hectares has been inundated so far across these districts.

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Armed forces and disaster relief forces, engaged in relief and rescue operations, evacuated 2,615 stranded people. The authorities have opened 268 relief camps and distribution centres in 14 districts, where 63,797 people are taking shelter at present. Almost 20,000 people have taken shelter in relief camps in Agartala and suburban areas after an unprecedented almost 200 mm rainfall was recorded by the meteorological department, which predicted heavier showers for the next 24 hours till Sunday evening.

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In Assam, 19 districts are once again under flood waters.

Roads and bridges were also damaged by the swirling floods in a number of districts. The Brahmaputra has breached one more embankment in Majuli river island district where situation is fast turning serious. On August 1, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also visited the state to review the flood situation.

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In Meghalaya, the Kynshi River is flowing above the danger level, inundating low lying areas in Kauai hills. 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.

Flood situation in Assam worsens; 10 lakh people affected in 19 districts