Incessant rainfall coupled with release of dam waters has resulted in flash floods and landslides in parts of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. Deaths include a 22-year-old from Assam and a three-year-old from Arunachal Pradesh whose family was swept away by the floodwaters.
The first wave of floods from unprecedented rain that started on June 14 left three Assam districts reeling. As thousands congregated seeking shelter, various railway stations across South Assam became islands of refuge.
The third wave of devastating flood has so far claimed the lives of 74 people across the state. With these, the total number of people losing their lives in this year's flood related incidents in Assam went up to 158, including eight in Guwahati.
In the roadmap circulated to the state governments, the NDMA has asked the civic authorities to ensure regular cleaning of drains, mapping of water bodies, and creating a system to alert people about heavy rainfall forecasts as short-term measures to deal with flooding.
July 2005 deluge was followed by much planning, Tuesday shows city still cannot deal with heavy rain. Dozens of de-watering pumps for localised relief also suffered technical glitches, as conceded by the municipal commissioner.
Asked about the India Meteorological Department's (IMD) press statements on August 17 and earlier that most of the sub-divisions of east and north-east India had received "excess" to "large excess" rainfall during the week, Sarma said, "That was a prediction, but the actual rainfall was normal."
The overall flood situation in Assam worsened on Sunday with the death toll reaching 26 as the Brahmaputra, the Barak and several of its tributaries inundate over 1000 villages in 15 districts, affecting about five lakh people.
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