Wave of flood hits Assam; over 20,000 people affected due to incessant rain

Wave of flood hits Assam; over 20,000 people affected due to incessant rain

GUWAHATI | June 29, 2019:

Nearly 20,000 people have been affected with the onset of monsoon in state after the flood water submerged at least 20 villages in six districts of Assam.

Since past few days, due to incessant rain, the water level of Brahmaputra river has risen up and its tributaries have been gradually increased.

According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), around 20,000 people of South Salmara Mankachar, Jorhat, Dibrugarh, Chirang, Dhemaji, Nalbari districts are affected in the fresh flood.

The floods have washed away portions of roads, embankments, culverts and bridges, triggered erosion, which has rendered people homeless, and destroyed farm land.

The flood waters have submerged 20 revenue villages in the six districts.

In South Salmara Mankachar district, the flood waters submerged several villages and the Kalapani police station near Hatsingimari area.

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The district administrations have set up four relief camps, where around 906 flood affected people have been taken shelter.

On the other hand, the Assam government has alerted all districts to take appropriate measures.

A group of BJP MPs, in a pre-budget discussion, recently requested Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman to enhance funds for flood management schemes in the state. They told the minister that most of the funds under the schemes are used up for payment of liabilities.

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