Northeast continues to reel under floods; Heavy downpour expected

Northeast continues to reel under floods; Heavy downpour expected

With the monsoon rains lashing heavily upon the region, the states of Assam and Arunachal seems to find no respite from Nature's fury.

Almost entire low lying areas of Namsai district in Arunachal Pradesh have been submerged under flood due to incessant rainfall for the past one week.
An official release informed that Noa-Dihing River along with other rivers and its tributaries are flowing just below the danger level. Water from Noa Dihing River near the bridge point has diverted towards Silatoo, Mahadevpur-I and Mahadevpur-IV villages. Flood water also entered in Diak Miri village and affected 55 dwellers. Reports of massive soil erosion along with loss of public and private properties are being received from various pockets of the district.
Hectares of cultivated land especially paddy fields are totally submerged by the flood water. The district administration has deputed NDRF team to shift the people from all affected areas.
Namsai DC, R K Sharma visited the affected areas and personally monitored the flood situation.
Relief camps have also been set up at New Silatoo and Mahadevpur-I and essential items have been provided from the district administration. People from affected houses have been shifted to relief camp.

Meanwhile, Assam also sees no respite in the flood situation with only slight improvement in some areas on Monday. Over one-and-a-half lakh people have been affected by floods in six districts Lakhimpur, Golaghat, Morigaon, Dhemaji, Jorhat and Sivasagar.

The Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger mark in Nematighat in Jorhat and in Dhubri. A report of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said in addition to the Brahmaputra, Dhansiri (Numaligarh), Jia Bharali (Sonitpur), Puthimari (Kamrup), Beki (Barpeta), Dikhow (Sivasagar) and Santosh (Dhubri) rivers are flowing above the danger mark at several places.

District authorities have opened 28 relief camps and 10 relief distribution centres in Golaghat, Jorhat, Lakhimpur, Dhemaji and Sivasagar, in which 5,435 inmates are taking shelter.

Golaghat continues to be the worst affected district with around 71,000 people affected. As of Monday, crops in more than 14,000 hectres have been damaged. Landslides occurred in several places in the Kamrup (Metro) district on Monday due to continuous rain. Though no casualty was reported on Monday, the city has already lost at least five persons to landslides this year.

The Regional Meteorological Centre, Guwahati, has predicted heavy to very heavy rain in isolated places over Assam and Meghalaya on Tuesday and Wednesday. Extremely heavy rain is likely to occur at isolated places over Assam and Meghalaya on Tuesday.

TNT Desk

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