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Fresh wave of flood in Assam affects 47,000 people

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 12:04
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GUWAHATI, September 12: Six districts in the state reel under a fresh wave of flood, the fourth in six months, affecting nearly 47,000 people as the deluged state braces for more rain in next 24-hours.

According to the state disaster management authority, 176 villages in eight revenue circles in Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Sonitpur, Morigaon, Nagaon and Jorhat districts have been hit by the current wave.

Nearly 25,000 of the affected people are in the worst-hit Morigaon district while another 19,000 are in Sonitpur district. More than 10,000 hectare of crop area has also been inundated.

The Met department has forecast that rain or thundershower is very likely to occur at most places over Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura and at many places over Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Meghalaya. The department's warning states, "Heavy rain is very likely to occur at isolated places over Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura on 12th Sept'17."

The earlier three waves of flood had left more than 180 people dead and a train of devastation across the state.

The current wave has come in even before the assessment of the damage of the earlier three waves were completed. The state government is seeking and interim central support of nearly Rs 4000 for the re-building the damages.

According to sources more than 1900 km of roads, 75 bridges have been damaged while approach roads to more than 300 bridges have been washed away. There were also about 30 breaches in embankments across the state. (TNN)


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