Floods inundate villages, crops, cuts off roads in Assam districts

The overall flood situation in four Assam districts remained grim on Thursday with Brahmaputra and several of its tributaries flowing over the danger mark at several places.

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Guwahati | Published:July 16, 2015 8:05 pm

The overall flood situation in four Assam districts remained grim on Thursday with Brahmaputra and several of its tributaries flowing over the danger mark at several places.

The situation was worse in Sonitpur district where several rivers had breached roads and embankments and cut off road communication in many places. Two bridges were also washed away in Kokrajhar district, the day’s flood report by the State Disaster Management Authority said.

The present wave of floods that began on Sunday has affected nearly one lakh people, while nearly 20,000 hectares of standing crops have been damaged. While about 80,000 people have been affected in the worst-hit Sonitpur district, about 17,000 people have been shifted to relief camps. Floods have also washed away more than 6,000 farm animals including cattle, goats, buffalo and pigs, the SDMA report said.

Meanwhile, the Regional Meteorological Centre has forecasted heavy rainfall and thunderstorm in the eastern districts of Arunachal Pradesh as well as in Sonitpur, Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Tinsukia and Dibrugarh districts of eastern Assam in the next four to five days.

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