Monsoon fury in Assam, Konkan

The flood situation in Assam continued to remain grim, Tuesday, with the Brahmaputra and its tributaries continuing to flow above the danger mark.

Last Updated: Jul 19, 2011, 10:30 AM IST

Zeenews Bureau

Guwahati/Mumbai: The Assam government Tuesday sounded an alert as 75,000 people were displaced following heavy overnight rains that triggered flash floods, breaching roads and embankments at several places. Heavy to very heavy rains are also causing havoc in the Konkan region of Maharashtra.

"So far more than 75,000 people have been displaced and they are taking shelters in various makeshift camps," an Assam government spokesperson said.

Up to 800 villages in four districts - Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Sonitpur and Jorhat - have been hit by the floods so far, he said.

"We have alerted all agencies. Relief materials and medical teams have also been rushed to the affected areas," the official said.

A Central Water Commission bulletin said the Brahmaputra river and its tributaries were flowing above the danger mark in at least eight places.

An estimated 50,000 people are now displaced in Lakhimpur and Dhemaji, about 400 km east of Assam`s capital here.

"Most of the flood-hit people are now taking shelter in raised platforms, on railway tracks, and in government schools and offices, so far untouched by the floods," he said.

The river island of Majuli in Jorhat district had a breach in a mud embankment late Monday, leaving thousands of people stranded.

Gushing waters have breached at least four vital mud embankments in the state, besides snapping road links. National Highway 52 in eastern Assam has been severely affected.

A vast stretch of the Kaziranga National Park has come under water, forcing forest guards to move out of the sanctuary and making animals run for their safety.

"The situation is worrisome and we are concerned about the safety of the animals and our forest guards," a park official said.

Rains in Konkan

The Konkan region of Maharashtra is also experiencing heavy rains for the past few days with rivers like Savitri and Kundalika flowing close to the danger mark but the situation is said to be under control.

However, the heavy rains, particularly between Ratnagiri and Nivsar, led to disruption of train services on the Konkan Railway route, with water and slush accumulating on tracks at Pomendi between Ratnagiri and Nivsar section.

Nine trains were cancelled today, while routes of many others were diverted.

Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) in an update, yesterday, said that the southwesterly monsoon flows across the equator are continued to drive themselves to a new peak over Arabian Sea and south peninsular India for the second day.

A weather warning said that heavy to very heavy rainfall would break out at a few places with isolated extremely heavy falls over Konkan and Goa today before relenting.

Isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall would also occur over coastal Karnataka, Kerala, south Gujarat, sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and the Northeastern States.

With IANS inputs