Assam govt sounds flood alert, 2.5 lakh people hit

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - 19:14

Guwahati: Assam government on Tuesday sounded an
alert across the state after flood waters breached embankments
and submerged roads and houses in Lakhimpur, Dhemaji and
Sonitpur districts, affecting around 2.5 lakh people,
officials said today.

Incessant heavy rains in Arunachal Pradesh and the
affected districts triggered the first wave of floods with
75,000 people being displaced as their dwellings were washed
away, the officials said.
The state government, after sounding the alert, directed
the National Disaster Management teams and district
administrations to provide rescue, medical and relief
materials to the affected people, they said.

The road link between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh through
Dhemaji district has been severed following the flood waters
running over National Highway-52 at Samarajan.

The rising waters of the Brahmaputra were also swelling
the streams inside the one-horned rhino habitat Kaziranga
National Park in Golaghat district, Park sources said.

A report from worst-hit Lakhimpur district said more than
150 villages with around 1.2 lakh people were submerged by the
Brahmaputra and its tributaries flowing above the danger mark.
The North Lakhimpur College area of district headquarters
Lakhimpur town was waterlogged by the Sondi river, while the
Ronganadi river overran 60 villages under Lakhimpur revenue
circle (RC).

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - 19:14

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