Sunday, 13 Aug, 2.52 am

Flood situation worsens in Assam, 5 die

The flood situation in Assam worsened on Saturday with five deaths reported, while flash floods affected three districts in Tripura where at least 4,500 families were rendered homeless.

According to a report by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), two persons died in Dhemaji and one each in Lakhimpur, Kokrajhar and Morigaon districts.

With these, the total number of people losing their lives in this year's flood-related incidents across Assam went up to 89.

ASDMA said 11 lakh people were affected in Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Sonitpur, Baksa, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Chirang, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South Salmara, Morigaon, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar, Charaideo, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts.

The ASDMA report said Dhubri was the worst-affected where 1.92 lakh people were hit, followed by Dhemaji where 1.51 lakh people have been affected by the calamity.

Currently 1,752 villages were under water and over one lakh hectare crop area has been damaged, ASDMA said.

Three districts of Tripura were affected by flash floods due to incessant rain and at least 4,500 families were rendered homeless, official sources said.

More than 2,000 families were forced to take refuge in different government buildings as large part of the state capital and its low lying outskirts were inundated, state Revenue Minister Badal Chowdhury, who visited the affected areas, said.

Chowdhury said the water was flowing above the danger level in Howrah river.

District Magistrate of Sipahijala Pradip Chakraborty said that at least 2,500 families were affected due to flood in the district and were sheltered in 60 relief camps opened in the government buildings.

Chowdhury said many parts of Khowai district were also inundated and many people were rendered homeless.

Director of Meteorological department Dilip Saha said the regional weather station here recorded 116.55 mm of rain.

In Himachal Pradesh, moderate rain occurred in some parts as monsoon remained subdued and there was no significant change in maximum and minimum temperatures. Aghar was wettest in the state with 42 mm rain.

Rain lashes Bengal dists
Very heavy rain continued to lash sub-Himalayan districts of West Bengal with several places receiving extremely heavy precipitation leading to a deluge, the weather department said on Saturday.

Very heavy to extremely heavy rain occurred at most places in Jalpaiguri, Cooch Behar and Alipurduar districts, while heavy to very heavy rain occurred at many places over Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts, the regional Met department said here.

The highest rainfall in the state was recorded at Hasimara in Alipurduar district at 480 mm, it said.
Other places in north Bengal which recorded extremely heavy precipitation are Buxaduar (450 mm), Barobisha (440 mm), Alipurduar town (390 mm), Jalpaiguri (290 mm), Domohani (250 mm), Cooch Behar (230 mm), Murti (200 mm) and Mathabhanga (190 mm).

The weatherman has forecast heavy to very heavy rain at a few places with extremely heavy downpour at isolated places over Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri, Cooch Behar, Alipurduar and Kalimpong districts for the next three days.

The districts in Gangetic West Bengal, where the monsoon is active, are likely to receive few spells of rains or thundershower.