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Assam flood situation worsens, rivers rising

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Guwahati: The flood situation in Assam worsened on Friday following incessant rainfall in the upper catchment areas of Bhutan and Arunachal Pradesh, affecting more than three lakh people in 13 districts and hit road communication in several places.

The water level of the rivers flowing through the districts of Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon, Chirang, Barpeta, Jorhat, Baska, Sonitpur and Dibrugarh was rising alarmingly while in Nalbari, Sivasagar and Tinsukia districts it was maintaining a rising trend, a report from the Water Resources Department said.

 

The district administrations have opened 124 relief camps where nearly a lakh people have taken shelter.

National Highway-31C is flooded at several places with a bridge damaged while approach roads leading to many wooden bridges also suffered damage affecting vehicular traffic at different places in the state.

The rising water of the rivers has breached several embankments in Kokrajhar, Chirang, Dhemaji, Barpeta and Goalpara districts.

The death toll in this year’s floods in Assam stands at five. Two persons have died in Lakhimpur and one each in Bongaigaon, Baksa and Sonitpur.

Assam Water Resources Department Minister Basanta Das is closely monitoring the flood situation and has directed officers of his department to remain alert.

–PTI