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Death toll in Assam floods increase to 38; officials warn of heavy rain

A person died at Raha in Nagaon district of Assam due to the ongoing flood crisis in the state, taking the total toll to 38.

Assam Disaster Management Authority reported on July 6 that the flood situation in the state has improved considerably even though nearly four lakh people across 15 districts are still affected.

However, Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted and warned heavy rainfall activity at isolated places in Assam and its neighboring states in the next four to five days.

“Isolated heavy to very heavy falls are very likely over Assam and Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura during July 6-10 and over Arunachal Pradesh during July 8-10. Isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall, with extremely heavy falls, is also likely over Arunachal Pradesh and Assam and Meghalaya during July 9-10,” said an official of Regional Meteorological Centre in Guwahati.

Almost 4,226 people are still homeless due to the floods and are taking shelter currently in government-run 76 relief camps and distribution centres across six districts in Assam.

Altogether 24 people died due to landslides since last month.

The ASDMA said more than 3.86 lakh persons are affected due to floods in Dhemaji, Sivasagar, Biswanath, Chirang, Nalbari, Barpeta, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, Goalpara, Kamrup, Morigaon, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat and Tinsukia districts across 647 villages.

Barpeta continued to be the worst-hit district with nearly 2.23 lakh people suffering, followed by Goalpara with more than 68,500 people and Dhubri with over 27,000 persons.

Altogether 128 persons during the last 24 hours in two districts—Dhemaji and Barpeta – have been rescued by NDRF, SDRF and district administrations.

The Central Water Commission (CWC) in its advisory said that Assam will receive heavy to heavy rainfall which may increase the water level of rivers in the state from June 10.

“There has been a significant reduction in rainfall in Northeastern states. All river levels are falling. However as the monsoon trough is again likely to shift to foothills of Himalaya by July 9, it may lead to likely heavy to very heavy rainfall in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya and Sub-Himalayan West Bengal. Due to this, the river levels are likely to rise in all rivers in Arunachal Pradesh and Assam from July 10,” the CWC advisory said.

The Brahmaputra was flowing above the danger mark at Nimatighat in Jorhat and in Dhubri on July 6 while its tributaries Disang at Nangalamara in Sivasagar, Jia Bharali at NT Road Crossing in Sonitpur and Kopili at Dharamtul in Nagaon were also flowing above the danger mark.

Embankments, roads and many other infrastructures have been damaged at various places in Goalpara, Sivasagar, Udalguri, Dhemaji, Baksa, Dibrugarh and Majuli districts. Massive erosions have been witnessed at different places of Lakhimpur, Charaideo and Udalguri districts, ASDMA said.

The deluge has so far claimed lives of 47 different animals in Kaziranga National Park. The flood has also affected 9,09,108 domestic animals and poultry across the state.


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