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Army rescue flood victims in Guwahati; thousands reel under floods in Goalpara

The death toll in floods and rain-triggered landslides in Guwahati rose to five today.

An Indian army soldier pulls a boat as flood affected villagers wait to be rescued at the Chaygaon village in Kamrup district of northeastern Assam state, India, Tuesday. Source: AP photo
An Indian army soldier pulls a boat as flood affected villagers wait to be rescued at the Chaygaon village in Kamrup district of northeastern Assam state, India, Tuesday. Source: AP photo

The flood situation in Assam remained unchanged for the third consecutive day today with the army continuing to be deployed for rescue and relief operations in addition to squads from the NDRF and SDRF.

While thousands of people continued to reel under floods in Goalpara district, the authorities have opened 78 relief camps to shift the affected people there In Guwahati, where flash floods and water-logging had inundated more than half the capital city yesterday, an army column headed by a Brigadier was called today to particularly handle the worst-affected Anilnagar area.

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The death toll in floods and rain-triggered landslides in Guwahati rose to five today.

“Though the situation in Guwahati has improved, several areas are still under water. The condition in Anilnagar locality is still bad, compelling us to request the Army to deploy a column. A number of residents have been shifted to relief camps,” said Kamrup (Metro) deputy commissioner M Angamuthu.

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While the rainfall has been exceptionally high in Guwahati in the past two days, official sources quoting met department data said the city recorded 135 mm of rainfall on Monday. On June 25 when eight persons had died due to drowing, electrocution and landslides, the city had recorded only 60 mm of rainfall.

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“On one hand Guwahati got heavy rains. On the other hand there has been very heavy run-off of water from the adjoining hills of Meghalaya,” deputy commissioner Angamuthu said. With people encroaching upon the city’s hills, incidents of landslides have also increased. Three persons died in landslides yesterday. Army PRO Lt Col Suneet Newton said the army column headed by a Brigadier, two Other officers, 10 JCOs and 75 jawans have already shifted a number of families from the city locality.

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In Goalpara district where flash floods coming down from the hills of adjoining Meghalaya washed away hundreds of houses at Bolbola, Molandubi, Karmakarpara, Karipara, Udaypur, Krishnai, Dudhnoi, Rangjuli, Majgaon and other places yesterday, the authorities were still struggling to assess the total damage. About 100 persons, most of them encroachers on government land, were killed in a major flash flood at Bolbola in 2004.

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While only three deaths have been officially confirmed, there were several missing reports. Teams of NDRF, SDRF, BSF and the Army have been deployed in rescue operations.

The flash floods have also caused extensive damage to the National Highway that connects Guwahati with the rest of the country through Goalpara. A bridge was damaged near Krishnai town where the water level rose to about ten feet yesterday morning.

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