Wednesday, 19 August 2015

70,000 people affected in Assam floods

Around 70,000 people and over 3,900 hectares of crop area in Assam have been hit by the second wave of floods as the southwest monsoon turned 'vigorous' in the northeast in the past 24 hours.

The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said 4,315 flood-hit people in Kokrajhar district have been shifted to nine temporary relief camps.

Dhemaji, Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon, Chirang and Lakhimpur districts have been hit by the current wave of floods.

The first wave of floods in June had affected more than 1.5 lakh people in the state.

Over 52,000 of those affected are from the worst-hit Bongaigaon district where 59 villages and localities have been inundated.

The ASDMA has issued flash flood alerts for several low-lying and densely-populated areas of the city, including Anil Nagar, Nabin Nagar, Tarun Nagar, Ganeshguri, Hatigaon and Dispur, due to overflowing of the local drainage system.

Similar alerts of low to moderate floods in the next 24 to 48 hours have been issued for Barpeta, Baksa, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Nalbari, Kamrup (Rural), Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Sonitpur and Jorhat districts. The ASDMA said the Brahmaputra, Ji Bharali and Beki rivers are flowing above the danger level at Nematighat in Jorhat, Sonitpur and Barpeta, respectively.

The Met department said available data indicates that the southwest monsoon has been vigorous over Assam and Meghalaya and active over Arunachal Pradesh Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura in the past 24 hours.

The Met department warning said, "Heavy to very heavy rainfall will occur in a few places on August 18 and 19 and there will be heavy rainfall at isolated places over Arunachal Pradesh on August 20. Heavy rain will occur in isolated places over Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura on August 20, 21 and 22."

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