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Heavy monsoon rains expected in Assam, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh on Aug 12

Advisory forecast for rapid rise in water levels of rivers in Northeast India Fresh floods affect over 65000 in Assam
Sammy Stanley | 13 August, 2017, 02:47

In the Brahmaputra basin in Assam, the river is likely to flow in moderate to high to unprecedented flood levels in Kamrup, Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Golaghat, Nagaon, Morigaon, Goalpara and Dhubri districts between August 10 and August 20.

The month-long first wave of floods in July had claimed 82 lives and affected 25.42 lakh people in 29 districts.

A third wave of floods hit Assam on Friday, inundating over 700 villages in 15 districts and affecting over three lakh people.

The monsoon rainfall in Arunachal Pradesh is creating havoc across the state with reports of floods and road blockades coming in from various parts of the state.

Following the devasting flood, around 64,000 people are homeless and forced them to take shelter in the relief camps set up by the districts administration. The fresh wave of floods has submerged upper and lower Assam, affecting almost 10 lakh people. Total crop area of over one lakh hectare hectares has been inundated so far across these districts.

The NDRF is also conducting rescue operations across the state. The army has also been put on standby for emergency rescue operation, sources added.

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

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.

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

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. The worst-affected area is the South Garo Hills.

Rains in Bhutan have also fed the rivers of the state.

The present government therefore worked vigorously to fix and strengthen the embankments before the onset of monsoon and completed the works of 88 numbers of embankments in the state. Nearly all trains are running late in North Bengal due to continuous rainfall.

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