RAIN WREAKS HAVOC
GUWAHATI: Heavy rainfall on Saturday further worsened the flood situation in the State with two more deaths reported during the last 24 hours. This year's flood has claimed 18 human lives in Assam so far.
While the Brahmaputra has been flowing above the danger level in Jorhat, Tezpur, Dhubri and Guwahati, its tributaries have crossed the mark in 17 districts.
The Flood Report of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) stated that more districts than Friday have been affected by floods by Saturday evening. Till Friday, 16 districts namely Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Udalguri, Darrang, Baksa, Nalbari, Kokrajhar, Barpeta, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia were worst hit by the current wave of floods. The newly affected districts are Chirang, Bongaigaon, South Salmara, Goalpara and Kamrup.
The ASDMA report added that the flood has affected 4,62,77 people in 21 districts. A total of 19,496 people are staying in relief camps set up in different districts by the respective administration.
The Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) at Borjhar has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall in Assam in the next 48 hours.
"Heavy to very heavy rain with isolated extremely heavy falls is very likely to occur at isolated places over Assam, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh. Guwahati will have generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. Maximum and Minimum temperatures are most likely to be 31°C & 23°C respectively on Sunday," a communiqué issued by the RMC on Saturday evening said.
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