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Sat, 20 Jul 2019

Northeast Today

11-year-old boy saves woman, child from drowning as Assam braces for floods

11-year-old boy saves woman, child from drowning as Assam braces for floods
July 10
11:19 2019

NET Bureau

An 11-year-old boy jumped into a river in Assam when he saw a woman and her child struggling in the water. The young boy not only managed to stay afloat in the rising water level but also saved the woman and the toddler.

The woman was trying to cross a small river in Assam when the water level suddenly went up. The young boy, Uttam, saw them struggling and immediately jumped into the river and saved the two.

 The district officials have now said that they would recommend Uttam’s name for the national bravery award for children.

 According to ANI, District Magistrate Lakhy Jyoti Das said, “Uttam jumped into the water and saved the woman and one of her child. We have spoken to Deputy Commissioner to acknowledge the child’s bravery at the national level.”

As rains continue to lash Assam and other northeastern states, Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger level in Nimati Ghat.

According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDM) reports, Dhemaji, Biswanath, Jorhat, Lakhimpur, and Golaghat districts have been affected by the flood.

Meghalaya is also facing a lot of waterlogging and landslide in Malki and Polo area of Shillong following heavy rainfall, reported ANI.

On the other hand, authorities of the Kaziranga National Park in Assam’s Golaghat district have started preparations to tackle the flood season as the Brahmaputra river flows above danger level due to torrential rains.

In the 2017 floods, over 360 animals drowned due to the floods in Kaziranga, of which 31 were rhinos, according to official data, reported IANS.

Source: India Today

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