Heavy monsoon rains expected in Assam, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh on Aug 12

IMD has forecast heavy to very heavy rainfall in some northeastern states sub Himalayan West Bengal Uttar Pradesh and Bihar

IMD has forecast heavy to very heavy rainfall in some northeastern states sub Himalayan West Bengal Uttar Pradesh and Bihar

After a brief hiatus, floods have gripped Assam again affecting 11 lakh people in 19 of the state's 32 districts.

Guwahati: Nearly 3.55 lakh people in 15 districts have been affected badly by a fresh wave of floods in Assam. The Disaster Management Authority of Assam reportedly said that over 63 thousand people have taken refuge in 268 relief camps in the state as over 1,750 villages are trapped.

The worst affected district in upper Assam are Lakhimpur, Tinsukia and Dhemaji and in lower Assam, it is Chirang, Bongaigaon and Kokrajhar.

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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.

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. Around 1 lakh hectares of cropland has also been submerged. Personnel of the State Disaster Response Force, National Disaster Response Force and others were engaged in rescue and relief operations. Brahmaputra is now flowing above the danger mark at Nimatighat in Jorhat, Dibrugarh town, Tezpur in Sonitpur and Dhubri town. A portion of National Highway 415, which connects state capital Itanagar with Assam, eroded near Karsingsa on Friday.

Almost 14,000 flood displaced people are taking shelter in 39 relief centres, the ASDMA report added.

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Sonowal also said that indicating the sincerity of the central government in solving the perennial problem of flood in the state, a seven member Inter Ministerial Central team visited Assam on July 25 as per directions of the Prime Minister within a week's time to assess the damage due to the recent wave of flood in the state and the first time visit of such a high level team augurs well for the state.

In Meghalaya, the Kynshi River is flowing above the danger level, inundating low lying areas in Kauai hills. The district administration has closed down 225 schools in flood-affected areas in Tinsukia district.

Flash floods and landslides have also affected large swathes of Namsai and West Siang districts of Arunachal Pradesh, washing away bridges and damaging roads. However, MeT department has issued warning of heavy rains.

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