Assam floods: Three die in Guwahati city, 13,000 affected across state

The district administration has declared Rs 4 lakh each to the families of the deceased persons, while a magisterial enquiry has been ordered to probe the deaths caused in the city.

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Guwahati | Updated: June 15, 2017 6:06 am
assam floods, assam flood deaths, guwahati deaths People make their way through a flooded street after heavy rainfall in Guwahati, Assam on Tuesday. PTI Photo

The first wave of floods that hit Assam in the past couple of days has claimed at least three human lives so far – all occurring in Guwahati city – while official sources said that over 13,000 people in four districts have been affected so far. Unofficial sources put the Guwahati flood death figure at five. hile the Brahmaputra water-level has been rising, at least two of its tributaries – Jia-Bharali and Puthimari – apart from the Katakhal river in the Barak Valley were flowing above the danger mark, Wednesday’s flood bulletin said. In Guwahati, whole two persons including a school student were electrocuted during the massive inundation in the city due to heavy rains on Tuesday, the body of another person was fished out of the Bahini river in the heart of the city on Wednesday.

assam floods, assam flood deaths, guwahati deaths Mother of Pushan Kalita breaks down near the body of her son at RG Baruah Road in Guwahati on Wednesday. Kalita got electrocuted during the heavy downpour on Wednesday. PTI Photo

Unofficial reports said one woman died because the ambulance allegedly could not reach her due to floods, while the body of another person was fished out of the Silsako Beel. Officials however did not confirm these deaths. Kamrup (Metro) district deputy commissioner M Angamuthu said Guwahati registered an unprecedented rainfall causing wide spread inundation of the entire city on Tuesday. “While three lives were lost during that period due to various reasons like electrocution and drowning, several incidents of landslide also have occurred,” he said.

assam floods, assam flood deaths, guwahati deaths Children standing on the debris of a house that collapsed in a landslide triggered by heavy rains in Guwahati on Wednesday. PTI Photo

The areas worst affected by floods in the city included Anil Nagar, Lachit Nagar, Nabin Nagar, Tarun Nagar, Jyotikuchi, Ghoramora, RG Barua Road, Jorabat, Panjabari, Lamb Road and Chatribari. Several of these localities were still under water on Wednesday despite the rains having stopped. The district administration has declared Rs 4 lakh each to the families of the deceased persons, while a magisterial enquiry has been ordered to probe the deaths caused in the city. Elsewhere in the state, over 13,000 people in 10 revenue circles under four districts have been affected by floods, of whom over 10,000 were in Lakhimpur district. The authorities have opened a few relief camps to house some of the affected people.

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    Paban
    Jun 16, 2017 at 6:54 am
    Only short term measures will not solve parenial flood problems in Assam. Long term measures are urgently necessary. Dredging of beds of big rivers along with resectioning where necessary may be a good solution. It is necessary to increase the capacity of big rivers and one of the solutions is resectioning either by increasing depth of river , width of rivers etc and all these cannot be achieved naturally.Moreover, water bodies watersheds are important as these help contain floodwater. So all these natural bodies are to be recovered in their original forms in whatever way it is possible. In urban areas, proper drainage networks are must. No of outlets are to be increased. The comparatively deeper portions of some roads where water ac ulate and cause inconvenience during flood need to be elevated.Silting can be reduced through afforestation. Even it appears necessary to shift human habitations from within the levies to reduce erosion of soil.Govt flagship program like Swachh Abhijan
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    L bhadrapati Devi
    Jun 14, 2017 at 9:13 pm
    Muslim migrant from Bangladesh is shown in the photo. Morogaon is also hot spot of migrant population.
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