17 Assam Districts Flooded, NDRF Deployed For Rescue Work

GUWAHATI: The IMD said the North Eastern states are likely to experience enhanced rainfall with isolated heavy to very heavy rain in Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura during July 9-12.A monsoon flood in Assam has inundated at least 17 districts in the north-east state and affected over 4 lakh people, officials said.The Brahmaputra river is flowing above the danger level at Neematighat in Jorhat.The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said 145 villages are under water and 3,435 hectares of crop areas have been damaged.Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal reviewed the flood situation with all Deputy Commissioners.Massive landslides continued in the state. With rains continuing to inundate the state, the situation is likely to worsen, said the meteorological department.The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) have been pressed into action for rescue and relief work.The situation could turn worse as the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast enhanced rain in the northeastern states including Assam in the next few days.The Brahmaputra river one of the largest rivers in the world that cuts through Assam’s biggest city Guwahati – and five other rivers are flowing above the danger mark, officials said.The water level of other rivers like Dikhow, Dhansiri, Jia Bharali, Puthimari and Beki are also above the danger mark. The flood waters from the Brahmaputra have also entered some parts of the Kaziranga National Park.

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