Third wave of floods hit Assam, three lakh affected
Aug 13 2017 by Desiree Burns
He announced an additional Rs 250 crore for flood relief operations in Assam.
10 lives have been lost in the floods till Saturday, while one person is reported to be missing. "The water level of Burhidehing, Subansiri, Dhansiri, Jia Bharali, Puthimari, Beki, Gaurang, Sankosh also crossed danger level marks in many places", a top official of ASDMA said.
The flood situation in Assam worsened on Saturday, affecting over 11 lakh people in 19 districts, with official reports saying five people had died during the day. The flood victims in Upper Assam's Tinsukia district accused that flood was caused after NEEPCO released water from its dam in neighbouring state of Arunachal Pradesh. Crop area measuring about 1,00,441.70 hectares has been badly affected.
According to Assam Disaster Management Authority, over 63 thousand people have taken refuge in 268 relief camps in the state as over 1,750 villages are marooned.
The NDRF is also conducting rescue operations across the state.
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Later talking to mediapersons, the Chief Minister said that his government's first priority is to provide relief materials to all flood-hit people at this hour and all Deputy Commissioners have been instructed to ensure adequate flood relief to affected people.
In Agartala, the capital of Tripura, almost 20,000 people have taken shelter in relief camps.
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 Kyunshi River in Meghalaya is also flowing above the danger mark. 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.
"Several animals of the park had taken shelter in neighbouring Karbi Anglong hills area by crossing NH-37". Nearly all trains are running late in North Bengal due to continuous rainfall.