1.2 lakh people affected in Assam floods

1.2 lakh people affected in Assam floods

1.2 lakh people affected in Assam floods

 Floods in Assam has affected about 1.20 lakh people across seven districts even as incessant rain continues to lash the state.

While the Brahmaputra is flowing above danger level in Neematighat, Tezpur and Dhubri, the Jia Bharali river is also flowing above the red danger  mark in Sonitpur and the Dhansiri was flowing above danger mark in Numaligarh.

Seven districts in Assam — Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Nagaon, Jorhat, Morigain, Biswanath and Golaghat are facing flash floods, official sources told DH.

According to Assam State Disaster Management Authority, 293 villages have been inundated, while 84 villages in Majuli River Island, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal’s constituency, are marooned.

In Lakhimpur, 76 villages have been flooded. About 50 relief camps have also been set up across the state. As of now, there are no reports of loss of life, official sources said.

Meanwhile, the Indian Army is closely monitoring the current situation and the levels of rising water in River Brahamaputra amid reports of the increasing flood threat in the area. The Regional Meteorological Centre at Guwahati has issued a warning on Tuesday predicting heavy rain at isolated places in the Northeast India, particularly in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

 Lightning kills 11 in Bihar

At least 11 people were killed in lightning in Bihar in the last 24 hours, DHNS reports from Patna. While three persons died in Nalanda on Wednesday, eight others were killed when lightning struck a tree at Chakand in Gaya on Tuesday evening.

This is the second major tragedy in the state in the last fortnight. On June 22, 57 people were killed and 32 injured in the rain and thunderstorm which lashed the state. The maximum number of deaths was reported from Bihta, about 40 km from here, where lightening killed five persons.However, in the last 24 hours, Gaya has been the worst sufferer. Eight people, all villagers under Chakand police outpost, were returning home from fields in the evening when heavy rain lashed the area. They all took shelter under a tree near a temple when lightning struck, killing all eight on the spot.

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