Flood situation in Assam worsens; 10 lakh people affected in 19 districts

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

Sankosh river in Dhubri district of Assam is also likely to flow in similar levels during the same period.

Guwahati: Nearly 3.55 lakh people in 15 districts have been affected badly by a fresh wave of floods in Assam.

"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.

The state government has opened 15 relief camps in Lakhimpur, Chirang, Kokrajhar and Golaghat districts to help those whose homes have either been damaged or washed away in floods. 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.

A total of 124 animals including 9 one horned rhinos were died in the world heritage site in the first wave of flood.

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.

"Proper rehabilitation measures have been taken for the affected people and no stone would be left unturned in helping the distraught people at this hour", Sonowal said. The Brahmaputra has breached one more embankment in Majuli river island district where situation is fast turning serious.

The present government therefore worked vigorously to fix and strengthen the embankments before the onset of monsoon and completed the works of 88 numbers of embankments in the state.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the state on August 1 and announced a package of Rs 2,350 crore for the entire northeast to deal with 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. Parts of Garo hills are also cut off from the rest of the state.

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