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Heavy rainfall causes flood in Upper Assam, Majuli faces threat

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  22 April 2016 12:00 AM GMT

From a Correspondent

Jorhat, April 21: Due to the heavy and incessant rainfall in the past few days, the water level in Brahmaputra and its tributaries has been rising in Jorhat and other Upper Assam districts on Thursday.

According to a report from the Central Water Commission in Jorhat, the water level of the Brahmaputra at Neematighat is rising and it will rise for another 12 hours. “The water level of the Brahmaputra at Neematighat is rising and as per the forecast it will be rising for another 12 hours,” a CWC official said.

The rising water of Teok River in the district submerged NH 37 at Hospital Tiniali since Thursday morning causing disruption of communication between Upper with Lower Assam districts. If the flood waters rise for the next 12 hours the communication of Upper and Lower Assam districts will be cut off.

Moreover, the flood waters of Brahmaputra River have posed a serious threat to Majuli island. Although the situation is under control till filing of this report, the situation in the hub of Vaisviate culture will turn critical if showers continue overnight.

Sub divisiol Officer, Majuli, rshing Power said, “The water level of Brahmaputra is rising, but the situation is under control and we are closely monitoring the situation to take needful steps as per requirement.”

The flowing water of Jhanji River washed away an embankment at Ouguri and a sluice gate at Boi area under Teok revenue circle in Jorhat district on Thursday afternoon. The floodwaters at Ouguri submerged more than 10 villages like Ejarguri, Ouguri, Arumukh, Nepali Khuti, Ghorachora and Bormothauri rendering more than 10 families homeless. It also submerged two Lower Primary and one ME school in the area.

In Jorhat town the floodwaters of Bhogdoi River breached a river protection dyke at Solmora during the early hours on Thursday for which more than 10 villages in the area is under water.

On the other hand, one person died and another was injured due to lightning and hailstorm at Mohbandha area on the outskirts of Jorhat town at around 11 am on Thursday. The deceased was identified as Kiran Ghatowar (26) of Koraikhowa village. The injured person is Pinku Bauri and he is under treatment at Jorhat Medical College and Hospital.

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