Heavy rains to continue over Assam, Meghalaya; flood situation to worsen

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

The first wave of floods that ended mid-July had killed 84, some due to landslides and electrocution in flooded areas.

The report said Brahmaputra, Buridihing, Dhansiri, Jia Bharali, Puthimari and Sankosh rivers were flowing above danger levels and have submerged more than 20,000 hectares of cropland.

The incessant heavy rains have triggered flash flood like situation in Kokrajhar district of Assam. The states of Assam, Tripura, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh have been badly hit and the weather department has issued a red alert till Sunday. If reports are to be believed, two waves of floods have affected over 25 lakh people in 29 districts of Assam this year, with the administration setting up 1,098 relief camps and distribution centres in the state. In eastern Assam's Tinsukia district, authorities ordered 225 schools to remain shut as the situation worsened.

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. Almost 20,000 people have taken shelter in relief camps in Agartala and suburban areas after an unprecedented almost 200 mm rainfall was recorded by the meteorological department, which predicted heavier showers for the next 24 hours till Sunday evening.

"Several animals of the park had taken shelter in neighbouring Karbi Anglong hills area by crossing NH-37".

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.

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. Nine other rivers are also flowing above danger mark in Assam.

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

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