June 26, 2020 2:31:16 am
Three people, including a two-year-old girl, were killed in landslides and floods in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh as large parts of both states on Thursday reeled under heavy rains and rising waters that affected lakhs.
Two of the deaths, including that of the minor, were from Arunachal Pradesh. The body of a woman who had drowned in the swollen Lagun river in Naharlagun town a day earlier was recovered on Thursday morning, officials said.
The two-year-old girl, an Itanagar resident, died after her house collapsed under a landslide on Thursday. Her body was dug out of the debris and she was declared brought dead at a hospital. Chief Minister Pema Khandu has announced Rs 4 lakh to her next of kin.
In Assam, a person was killed in Dhemaji district, where 383 people were lodged in three relief camps on Thursday. The death took this year’s flood toll in the state to 13. Earlier this month, 21 people were killed in a landslide in the Barak Valley region of Assam. The Regional Meteorological Centre in Guwahati has predicted heavy rainfall for major parts of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Manipur on Friday and Saturday.
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The day’s bulletin from the Assam State Disaster Management Authority said nearly two lakh people were “affected” by the floods, while 11,500-odd persons are in relief camps. Nine districts—Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia — were on Thursday impacted by the floodwaters.
Meanwhile, neighbouring Bhutan released water from its Kuricchu dam from 5am on Thursday, ramping up the water level in rivers flowing through the bordering districts of Chirang, Baksa and Barpeta. The Kurichhu Hydropower Plant—a run-of-the-river project—is located on the river by the same name in Bhutan.
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