Heavy rains trigger flood-like situation

Assam Fresh flood creates havoc 3.5 lakh people in 15 districts hit

The monsoon rainfall in Arunachal Pradesh is creating havoc across the state with reports of floods and road blockades coming in from various parts of the state.

Guwahati: With heavy rains for last four days, parts of northeast India are facing extreme flash floods and the situation has turned extremely grim the past 24 hours.

Following the devasting flood, around 64,000 people are homeless and forced them to take shelter in the relief camps set up by the districts administration. Around 1 lakh hectares of cropland has also been submerged.

Armed forces and disaster relief forces, engaged in relief and rescue operations, evacuated 2,615 stranded people. The army has also been put on stand by alert for emergency rescue operations, news agency PTI reported.

"Around 11 lakh people of 19 districts are affecting in the second wave flood".

Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) officials on Saturday said most rivers were flowing above the danger mark.

Nine major rivers were flowing over the danger level and were on a rising trend. A portion of National Highway 415, which connects state capital Itanagar with Assam, eroded near Karsingsa on Friday. Almost 20,000 people have taken shelter in relief camps in Agartala and suburban areas after an unprecedented almost 200 mm rainfall was recorded by the meteorological department, which predicted heavier showers for the next 24 hours till Sunday evening. "The water level of Burhidehing, Subansiri, Dhansiri, Jia Bharali, Puthimari, Beki, Gaurang, Sankosh also crossed danger level marks in many places", a top official of ASDMA said.

Rivers in South Sikkim are also likely to flow in Moderate Flood situation during the period from 10th to 15th August 2017.

While seven of the 12 affected areas were already repaired and the lines certified for train running at controlled speed, in four sections train running are suspended till the situation improves.

The present government therefore worked vigorously to fix and strengthen the embankments before the onset of monsoon and completed the works of 88 numbers of embankments in the state.

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