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Fri, 23 Aug 2019

Northeast Today

Assam flood: Brahmaputra crosses danger mark in Guwahati, water rises by 3 cm/hour

Assam flood: Brahmaputra crosses danger mark in Guwahati, water rises by 3 cm/hour
July 16
10:46 2019

NET Bureau

Flood situation in Assam continues to deteriorate even further as the water level is rising at a speed of 2-3 cm per hour in Guwahati. River Brahmaputra that flows through the vital city of the northeastern state crossed danger mark on Monday.

Sadikul Haq of Central Water Commission told, “Water is flowing 1.5 cm above danger level and it is increasing 2-3 cm per hour. The rising water level can be a danger for the city.”

So far, 11 people have died in Assam floods this year while incessant rains continue to pound the state. 31 of the 33 districts in Assam have been affected by the current spell of heavy rain.

Over 26.5 lakh people have been affected in the flood situation that is worsening every hour.

PM Narendra Modi spoke to Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Monday and took stock of the flood situation in the state.

Sonowal briefed PM Modi about the situation in Assam while the Prime Minister assured Sonowal of all assistance from the central government in dealing with the situation.

Barpeta is the worst-hit district with 7.35 lakh people facing the flood fury, followed by Morigaon where 3.50 lakh people are hit. In Dhubri district, 3.38 lakh people are affected, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority said.

About 70 per cent of the Kaziranga National Park, the habitat of the Great Indian Rhino and a world heritage site, has been affected too.

In Meghalaya, rising waters of the Brahmaputra and the Jinjiram rivers have life thrown out of gear for 1.14 lakh people across 164 villages.

Source: India Today

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