Fresh Assam floods kill 5, affect 11 lakh people

Advisory forecast for rapid rise in water levels of rivers in Northeast India

Guwahati: With heavy rains for last four days, parts of northeast India are facing extreme flash floods and the situation has turned extremely grim the past 24 hours. The authorities opened 268 relief camps in 14 districts where 63,797 displaced people were lodged. Total crop area of over one lakh hectare hectares has been inundated so far across these districts.

Personnel of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are now engaged in rescue and relief operations in flood-affected areas of the State.

The month-long first wave of floods in July had claimed 82 lives and affected 25.42 lakh people in 29 districts. Brahmaputra and its tributaries are also reported to be flowing above the danger level at several places.

The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Baksa, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Chirang, Kikrajhar, Dhubri, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivsagar, Charaideo, Tinsukia and Dibrugarh districts were affected.

In Agartala, the capital of Tripura, almost 20,000 people have taken shelter in relief camps. The worst-affected area being the South Garo Hills, particularly Baghmara town, where over 100 families have moved from their houses to safer grounds.

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He also interacted with the inmates who expressed their satisfaction over the arrangements and took stock of their problems while also enquiring about the quality of relief materials provided to them.

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.

Active Monsoon conditions are expected over Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, and remaining parts of Bihar that would see light to moderate rains with few heavy spells.

Nine major rivers were flowing over the danger level and were on a rising trend.

He also announced a package of Rs 2,000 crore for the flood and landslide-affected states of the region.

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