Heavy monsoon rains expected in Assam, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh on Aug 12

Floods take critical turn in Assam Bihar At least 110 dead over 22 lakh affected

Floods take critical turn in Assam Bihar At least 110 dead over 22 lakh affected

The month-long first wave of floods in July had claimed 82 lives and affected 25.42 lakh people in 29 districts.

Many parts of northeastern states including Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, and Tripura have been receiving heavy to very heavy rainfall activities since the last few days. Till Saturday it had inundated over 1,750 villages in 19 districts, with Dhubri being worst affected.

Of the five deaths on Saturday, two were reported from Dhemaji district and one each from Lakhimpur, Morigaon and Kokrajhar. Currently, 63,797 individuals are taking shelter in the relief camps.

Puthimari and Pagladiya rivers in Baksa, Kamrup and Nalbari districts of Assam are likely to flow in moderate to high flood situation between August 10 to August 14 as also Beki and Manas rivers in Barpeta district during the period from August 10 to August 15.

The top ASDMA official said that, the flood waters submerged over 1 lakh hectare crop areas of 66 revenue circles in the state till Friday.

Almost 14,000 flood displaced people are taking shelter in 39 relief centres, the ASDMA report added. The worst-affected area being the South Garo Hills, particularly Baghmara town, where over 100 families have moved from their houses to safer grounds. "Following the situation, we have introduced time cards in NH-37 to control the speed of vehicles", a park official said.

He also interacted with the inmates who expressed their satisfaction over the arrangements and took stock of their problems while also enquiring about the quality of relief materials provided to them. "Embankments at many places are facing damage due to boiling, seepage and peculation", sources said.

In Arunachal Pradesh, the unrelenting monsoon rainfall is creating havoc across the state with reports of floods and road blockades pouring in from various quarters.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the state on August 1 and announced a package of Rs 2,350 crore for the entire northeast to deal with the flood situation.

Rains in Bhutan have also fed the rivers of the state.