Heavy Rains Cause Assam Flooding, Affecting About 33,500 Persons
Guwahati: Assam's flood situation remained dire on Monday due to overnight torrential rains that inundated farms, villages, and towns throughout the state.
In various Assam districts until Thursday, the India Meteorological Department has issued a "Red Alert" and forecast "very severe" to "very heavy" rains.
With predictions of "Heavy (7-11 cm in 24 hours) to Very Heavy (11-20 cm in 24 hours) with extremely heavy rainfall (over 20 cm in 24 hours)" over Lower Assam districts of Kokrajhar, Chirang, Baksa, Barpeta, and Bongaigaon, IMD's Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) in Guwahati has issued a "Red Alert."
It went on to say that "heavy to very heavy" rainfall is predicted to occur during that time in the districts of Dhubri, Kamrup, Kamrup Metropolitan, Nalbari, Dima Hasao, Cachar, Goalpara, and Karimganj.
For Tuesday, the RMC has issued a "Orange Alert," and for the next two days, a "Yellow Alert."
"Red Alert" denotes taking immediate action, "Orange Alert" denotes being ready to act, and "Yellow Alert" denotes keeping watch and being informed.
More than 33,400 people have been affected by floods in the districts of Cachar, Darrang, Dhemaji, Dibrugarh, Golaghat, Hojai, Lakhimpur, Nagaon, Nalbari, Sonitpur, Tinsukia, and Udalguri, according to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority's (ASDMA) daily flood report.
With over 25,200 impacted, Lakhimpur is the worst-affected district, followed by Tinsukia with about 2,700 people and Dibrugarh with over 3,800.
The administration also runs 16 relief distribution centres in three districts in addition to one relief camp, where nine people are now staying.
According to ASDMA, 142 villages are currently under water, and 1,510.98 hectares of cropland have been devastated throughout Assam.
According to the report, there have been significant erosions in the districts of Biswanath, Bongaigaon, Dibrugarh, Kokrajhar, Lakhimpur, Majuli, Morigaon, Nagaon, Sivasagar, Sonitpur, South Salmara, and Udalguri.
Landslides caused by heavy rain have been recorded in Dima Hasao and Karimganj.
In Sonitpur, Lakhimpur, Cachar, Dhemaji, Goalpara, Nagaon, Udalguri, Chirang, Dibrugarh, Kamrup, Karbi Anglong, Karimganj, Bongaigaon, Majuli, Morigaon, Sivasagar, and South Salmara districts, flood waters have damaged embankments, roads, bridges, and other infrastructure.
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According to the report, the Brahmaputra at Neamatighat and its tributaries Kopili at Kampur are flowing above the danger zones.