Many areas in Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Udalguri, Barpeta, Golaghat, Sivasagar, and Charaideo districts are reeling under water. According to reports, around 224 villages have already been affected
Guwahati: It is the second time this monsoon that Assam has been hit by a ravaging flood. At least three people have died in the last 24 hours and more than 1.04 lakh people across eight districts have been affected due to the heavy rainfall.
41 people have lost their lives since May when the first wave of flood hit the north eastern state.
Many areas in Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Udalguri, Barpeta, Golaghat, Sivasagar, and Charaideo districts are reeling under water. According to reports, around 224 villages have been affected. Officials said over 54,000 people are affected in Golaghat district alone, while 18,000 in Sivasagar and 14,000 in Lakhimpur district.
Water levels of Brahmaputra river is not only rising but also Dikhow, Dhansiri, Jia Bharali and Beki rivers are flowing above the danger mark, following torrential rains in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland.
On Friday, flash floods wreaked havoc in Jorabat area, outskirts of Assam’s capital city Guwahati, after heavy rain pummelled the region and brought traffic on National Highway 37 to a standstill.
Officer-in-Charge of Jorabat police station, Partha Gogoi confirmed that many cars, specially hatchbacks drowned in water.
“Several vehicles were damaged in flash floods and some people have been forced to abandon their vehicles in the middle of road and take shelter in the nearby buildings,” Gogoi said.
Meanwhile, Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) has undertaken several rescue operations. Even life boats have been taken out to rescue poeple from inundated areas. Currently, over 21,000 people have taken shelter at 99 relief camps set up by the district administrations across the state.
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Last Updated 4, Aug 2018, 10:57 AM