Fresh floods affect over 65000 in Assam

Assam More than 3.5 lakh people affected in fresh wave of floods

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. In eastern Assam's Tinsukia district, authorities ordered 225 schools to remain shut as the situation worsened. The district administration has opened relief camps in many parts to provide shelter to thousands of people.

The water level in the main channel of Brahmaputra River is flowing above the danger mark in Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Tezpur and Dhubri while at least eight of its tributaries are also flowing above the danger level, according to the report of Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA).

Saturday's casualty has taken the toll in floods to more than 150 across five north-eastern states - Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland.

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Most of the rivers in the state are maintaining a rising trend.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) is conducting rescue operations across the state.

The top ASDMA official said that, the flood waters submerged over 1 lakh hectare crop areas of 66 revenue circles in the state till Friday.

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In Tripura, state capital Agartala is waterlogged.

In Agartala, the capital of Tripura, almost 20,000 people have taken shelter in relief camps.

Stating that the river beds of Brahmaputra and its other tributaries have become shallow reducing their water carrying capacity, Sonowal said that increased rainfall this year also have made matters worse as the state has witnessed severe floods. 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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The IMD said that Subansiri river is likely to flow in moderate to high flood during the same period in Upper and Lower Subansiri districts of Arunachal Pradesh and Lakhimpur district in Assam. However, MeT department has issued warning of heavy rains. Nearly all trains are running late in North Bengal due to continuous rainfall.

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