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

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River Ranganadi and River Jia-Bharali are likely to flow in Moderate to High Flood situation in North Lakhimpur and Sonitpur districts of Assam respectively during the period from 10th to 13th August 2017.

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). Personnel of the State Disaster Response Force, National Disaster Response Force and others were engaged in rescue and relief operations. 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. Total crop area of over one lakh hectare hectares has been inundated so far across these districts.

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

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

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.

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Roads and bridges were also damaged by the swirling floods in a number of districts. This is the third spell of floods since the onset of monsoon in June.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently visited Assam to take stock of the flood situation.

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.

Official sources said incessant rains in different parts of the state as well as bordering Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya have led to rising water levels in all rivers across the state.

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