Third wave of floods hit Assam, three lakh affected

Indian villagers carry the dismantled roof of their house through floodwaters in Balimukh Ashigarh village in Morigoan district in Assam on July 4

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

For last four days, heavy rains had disturbed routine life in states like Assam, Tripura, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh. The fresh wave of floods has submerged upper and lower Assam, affecting almost 10 lakh people.

"We have opened 268 relief camps that are housing 63,797 people".

The Brahmaputra and its tributaries Burhidihing, Subansiri, Dhansiri, Jia Bharali, Puthimari, Beki, Gaurang and Sankosh were flowing above the danger marks at several places.

Later talking to the media persons, the Assam CM said that the government's first priority is to provide relief materials to all the flood affected people at this hour and all Deputy Commissioners have been instructed to ensure adequate flood relief to the affected people.

Meanwhile, ferry services across the Brahmaputra River has been suspended indefinitely all over the state including between Guwahati by the authorities in as water level in the river continues to show a rising trend.

Armed forces and disaster relief forces, engaged in relief and rescue operations, evacuated 2,615 stranded people.

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. Total crop area of over one lakh hectare hectares has been inundated so far across these districts.

Almost 14,000 flood displaced people are taking shelter in 39 relief centres, the ASDMA report added. Parts of Garo hills are also cut off from the rest of the state.

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 district administration has closed down 225 schools in flood-affected areas in Tinsukia district.

In Arunachal Pradesh, the unrelenting monsoon rainfall is creating havoc across the state with reports of floods and road blockades pouring in from various quarters. Nearly all trains are running late in North Bengal due to continuous rainfall.

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