Assam flood situation deteriorates drastically, claims 5 lives

Frederick Owens
August 12, 2017

According to the flood bulletin released by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), Dhemaji, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Chirang and Kokrajhar districts were affected by floods in the past 24 hours. Now 1,752 villages are under water and over one lakh hectare crop area has been damaged, ASDMA said. So far, 63,797 persons have taken shelter in these relief camps, the officials in the disaster management authority said. Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said, Centre is closely monitoring the rescue and relief operations in flood affected Tripura where NDRF personnel have been rushed to assist the state administration.

Almost 14,000 flood displaced people are taking shelter in 39 relief centres, the ASDMA report added.

A total of 124 animals including 9 one horned rhinos were died in the world heritage site in the first wave of flood.

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Due to this rainfall, the rivers like Brahmaputra and its tributaries in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Meghalaya, Northern tributaries of Ganga in Eastern UP, North Bihar are likely to rise and create low to high flood with unprecedented flood in few locations.

Saying that flood is not only Assam's problem as it also causes havoc in neighboring coutries like Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh etc, Sonowal stated that a multi state and multi nation approach for finding permanent solution to the problem of flood would be adopted by the government so that recurring damages and devastations can be avoided in future. The Brahmaputra has breached one more embankment in Majuli river island district where situation is fast turning serious. This is the third spell of floods since the onset of monsoon in June. On August 1, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also visited the state to review the flood situation. Parts of Garo hills are also cut off from the rest of the state.

Global Flood Awareness System (GloFAS) predicts large scale flooding for the whole Brahmaputra river basin and also for parts of the Ganges river basin until 19 August.

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