Assam flood situation deteriorates drastically, claims 5 lives

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Assam flood situation on Saturday deteriorated after the flood waters of Brahmaputra and its tributaries inundated more areas and affecting around 11 lakh people of 19 dstricts of the state. In eastern Assam's Tinsukia district, authorities ordered 225 schools to remain shut as the situation worsened.

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

"There have been incessant rains in the state for the last 24 hours and at least six rivers are in spate and flowing above danger levels", an ASDMA official said, adding 781 villages in the districts had been inundated.

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The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Baksa, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Chirang, Kikrajhar, Dhubri, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivsagar, Charaideo, Tinsukia and Dibrugarh districts were affected.

The likely impact of the rain as inferred from rainfall runoff model run for three days advisory forecast is likely rapid rise in water levels of the rivers, it said. Now 1,752 villages are under water and over one lakh hectare crop area has been damaged, ASDMA said.

The month-long first wave of floods in July had claimed 82 lives and affected 25.42 lakh people in 29 districts. Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said, Centre is closely monitoring the rescue and relief operations in flood affected Tripura where NDRF personnel have been rushed to assist the state administration. Normal Monsoon conditions persisted over Gangetic West Bengal, remaining parts of northeastern states, Odisha, Coastal Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Rayalaseema, Gujarat, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, and Karnataka. A portion of National Highway 415, which connects state capital Itanagar with Assam, eroded near Karsingsa on Friday. The worst-affected area being the South Garo Hills, particularly Baghmara town, where over 100 families have moved from their houses to safer grounds. Nearly all trains are running late in North Bengal due to continuous rainfall.

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