Nearly a lakh hit in pre-monsoon floods, more rains forecast

By Our Staff Reporter

Guwahati, April 25: The total population affected by the pre-monsoon floods in Assam has risen to 92,000, the State’s disaster magement authority said today.

“Approximately 92,729 persons in six districts – Jorhat, Sivasagar, Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Cachar and Charaideo – have been affected by the current wave of floods,” an official statement said.

More than 4,905 hectares of crop area has been inundated by flood waters.

According to the Central Water Commission, river Burhidihing in Khowang and river Desang glamuraga (Sivasagar) were flowing above the danger level.

Forty relief camps have been opened in Sivasagar, Tinsukia, Dibrugarh and Charaideo district where 7,412 displaced are taking shelter.

“Army, NDRF and SDRF teams have been engaged in the flood affected areas of Charaideo district for search and rescue operations. Relief materials have been distributed to the flood-affected people in Sivasagar, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia and Charaideo districts,” the ASDMA said.

There was no respite from rain and hailstorms in the three districts of Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi of Barak valley. The Barak and its tributaries were swelling due to heavy rains in the plains and catchment areas. A number of villages have been hit due to breaches in embankments. The current spell of ture’s fury has been described as the worst in living memory by old-timers.

 Eight workers engaged in collecting stones from a quarry along the hilly river Jatinga under Borkhola police station were washed away by the fast rising waters of the river last Saturday night.

They have been identified as Beauty Ghatowar (35), Lakshmi Rikiason (34), Swap Ghatowar (18), Pimi Ghatowar (16), Mo Saotal (20), Kuti Teli (19), Uttam Ghatowar (22) and Kashi Teli (17) of Moigarh under Subhang GP. They are yet to be traced.

Meanwhile, the Indian Meteorological Department said rain/thundershowers is very likely to occur at many places over galand, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura, and at a few places over Aruchal Pradesh, Assam and Meghalaya.

Thunder-squalls with wind speed exceeding 60 kmph accompanied by hail is very likely to occur at isolated places over Assam, Meghalaya, galand, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura on April 25 & 26.

However, day temperatures rose markedly over Aruchal Pradesh and appreciably over Assam in the last 24 hours.

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