With incessant rain in the catchment areas causing rivers to overflow and cause breaches in embankments, over 80,000 people have been affected by floods in four districts in Assam, official sources said. The Brahmaputra was flowing above the danger level in Jorhat and Tezpur.
Lakhimpur district has remained the most affected with the daily flood update released by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority saying that over 68,000 persons have been affected in the district on July 4. The other three districts where floods have inundated sizeable area are Dhemaji, Nagaon and Jorhat, the ASDMA update said.
Over 4,000 people on the other hand have been affected in Majuli island in Jorhat district with flood waters entering from the Brahmaputra inundating 60 villages. Several timber bridges have been rendered weak due to the rising waters, while several hundred families have left their homes to take shelter on highlands and roads. Majuli, also an assembly constituency, is represented by chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal.
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Many localities in Guwahati city on the other hand remained under water for the second consecutive day on Monday following heavy rains that caused flash floods on Sunday afternoon. Localities that have suffered the worst included Anilnagar, Panjabari and VIP Road, the ASDMA update said.
Massive and uncontrolled destruction of hills in Ri Bhoi district of Meghalaya that shares boundary with Guwahati has led to flash floods and massive soil deposit in Khanapara and Panjabari localities of the Assam capital. Flash floods accompanied by landslides from the Meghalaya hills have also disrupted traffic on NH-715 in the Jorabat area in the southern outskirts of Guwahati.