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13 August 2017, 02:47 | Devin Moran
A view of the flooded Narkatiya Ganj Station in West Champarn on Sunday. PTI
The second round of floods was caused by incessant rain in the adjoining states of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Meghalaya, and neighbouring Bhutan.
A fresh burst of heavy rains over the past 48 hours inundated Assam and several parts of northeast again, leaving five people, including a minor, dead and displacing 10.99 lakh people, across 19 districts of Assam. The district administration has opened relief camps in many parts to provide shelter to thousands of people. Over 1 lakh hectares of cropland has also been submerged.
According to the flood bulletin released by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), Dhemaji, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Chirang and Kokrajhar districts were affected by floods in the past 24 hours. The first round of floods had claimed 90 lives last month.
Personnel of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are now engaged in rescue and relief operations in flood-affected areas of the State.
In Agartala, the capital of Tripura, almost 20,000 people have taken shelter in relief camps. Brahmaputra and its tributaries are also reported to be flowing above the danger level at several places. The worst-affected area being the South Garo Hills, particularly Baghmara town, where over 100 families have moved from their houses to safer grounds. "Embankments at many places are facing damage due to boiling, seepage and peculation", sources said.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal visited two flood relief camps situated at Dhelakhat in Tinsukia district and Dinjoy Hazarimal Higher Secondary School in Dibrugarh district, and enquired about the arrangements made for inmates of the camps.
Roads and bridges were also damaged by the swirling floods in a number of districts.
Nine major rivers were flowing over the danger level and were on a rising trend.
The IMD said that Subansiri river is likely to flow in moderate to high flood during the same period in Upper and Lower Subansiri districts of Arunachal Pradesh and Lakhimpur district in Assam.
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