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Extremely heavy rains lash Northeast India, Assam flood worsens

July 10, 2019 1:09 PM |

Floods in Assam

Monsoon Rains have been increasing day by day over the northeastern states of the country. In the last 24 hours, heavy to very heavy rains were seen over Assam, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh.

Whereas, few moderate to heavy spells were also witnessed in Nagaland with light to moderate rains over the rest of Northeast India. In the last 24 hours from 8.30 am on Tuesday, North Lakhimpur recorded 105 mm of rains while Pasighat saw 112 mm of rains. Guwahati in Assam also recorded 50 mm of rains.

At present, a Trough is extending from Northwest India up to Nagaland and humid moderate southwesterlies from the Bay of Bengal are feeding moisture to Northeast India. Hence, heavy to very heavy rains would continue to be observed in Northeast India until July 14.

Thereafter, the intensity will start decreasing but the heavy spell of rain will trigger flooding in many parts of Assam and some other states of Northeast India.

Assam is likely to be the worst affected as water from the Tibet region may lead to swelling of rivers in the state. The Brahmaputra river at Nimatighat in Jorhat, the Dhansiri at Numaligarh in Golaghat, the Jia Bharali at NT Road Crossing in Sonitpur, the Puthimari at NH Road Crossing in Kamrup and the Beki at Road Bridge in Barpeta are already flowing above the danger mark.

Already, more than 22,000 people are stranded in the Dhemaji district, which appears to be the worst affected. The Assam State Disaster Management Authority said that around 3,435 hectares of crop have been destroyed in the rains. Several roads, bridges, and embankments have been damaged in the eight districts. Assamese authorities have set up five relief camps in two districts and are running emergency control rooms throughout the day.

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