Floods claim 5; hit train services

Floods claim 5; hit train services

Floods claim 5; hit train services

The flood situation in Assam worsened drastically today and claimed five lives while affecting almost 11 lakh people across 19 districts.

Floods have ravaged Assam since April, uprooting over 25 lakh people in 29 districts and leaving 76 people dead.

Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Baksa, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Chirang, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar, Charaideo, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts have been affected by the fresh wave of floods following the one last month.

Saturday's casualty has taken the toll in floods to more than 150 across five north-eastern states - Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland. Now 1,752 villages are under water and over one lakh hectare crop area has been damaged, ASDMA said.

Meanwhile, ferry services across the Brahmaputra River has been suspended indefinitely all over the state including between Guwahati by the authorities in as water level in the river continues to show a rising trend. In last four days, 5 people lost their lives and around 10 lakh were affected by the floods. In Assam, nine other rivers are also flowing above the danger mark. Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said, Centre is closely monitoring the rescue and relief operations in flood affected Tripura where NDRF personnel have been rushed to assist the state administration.

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In Tripura, state capital Agartala is waterlogged.

In Meghalaya, the Kynshi River is flowing above the danger level, inundating low lying areas in Kauai hills. Road communication in several parts of the state has been disrupted due to landslides.

Active Monsoon conditions are expected over Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, and remaining parts of Bihar that would see light to moderate rains with few heavy spells.

While many rivers in Alipurduar Divisions are in spate, N. F. Railway authorities are keeping a close watch and continuously monitoring the situation nearby railway bridges in the entire division and taking all precautionary measures for safe train running.

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