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Rain fury in northeast: 70,000 hit, 4,000 more displaced
By Our Correspondent, 19/06/2017, GUWAHATI/SILCHAR/SHILLONG

 

 

Southwest monsoon rains wreaked havoc in the Northeast, inundating large areas in five districts of Assam, which increased the affected population twofold to a little less than 70,000 with 3,905 people displaced in the last 24 hours.

Two people have been reported missing in Sonitpur district. At Paschim Balia village in Karimganj district, five members of a family — including two women — were critically injured when the house they were living in was damaged by a landslide on Sunday morning. Officials said incessant rain for the past few days had triggered the landslide. Heavy rain has also affected BSF outposts in Purnanagar, Shela, Thariaghat, Betgora, Omkhawa, Mukamchera areas in the East Khasi Hills district, Barmanbari, Kachuadogri in South West Khasi Hills district, Sonatal in West Jaintia Hills district and Angratoli in South Garo Hills district of Meghalaya.

A spokesperson at the Meghalaya Frontier Headquarters of the BSF in Shillong said, "Flood-like situation in certain places has caused huge damage to the India-Bangladesh Border Fence (IBBF) in many places. Some government property has also been damaged in the area of 123 Battalion BSF. The IBBF has been submerged in many low-lying areas in Meghalaya."

According to the Assam Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), three new districts — Udalguri, Biswanath and Sonitpur — have been affected by the floods since Saturday. The situation in Lakhimpur and Darrang districts, which were hit by floods on Saturday, turned grim on Sunday. The affected population in Darrang — which was 25,000 on Saturday — climbed to 55,000, while that in Lakhimpur increased from 5,000 to 7,000 in 24 hours. Authorities have set up 10 relief camps in Udalguri and Sonitpur districts where 3,905 people are taking shelter.

More than 1,600 hectares of agricultural land has been inundated in these five districts in Assam. The ASDMA said the Dhansiri and Jia Bhoroli rivers are flowing above the danger level mark.

 
 
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