Assam Floods Worsen: IMD Issues Red Alert as Brahmaputra River Crosses Danger Mark
Assam Floods Worsen: IMD Issues Red Alert as Brahmaputra River Crosses Danger Mark

Assam is facing severe flooding caused by continuous rainfall following Cyclone Remal. The ongoing deluge has disrupted daily life and increased the risk of landslides across the region.

The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) reported that the floods have claimed 26 lives in the state this year. The torrential downpour has severely affected over 1.61 lakh residents across 15 districts. The death toll rose on Tuesday when one person drowned in floodwaters in Hailakandi district.

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), heavy to very heavy rainfall is expected in West Bengal, Assam, Meghalaya, and Arunachal Pradesh until June 21. Additionally, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, and Tripura are forecasted to experience heavy rainfall on June 19 and 22. The IMD has issued a red alert for Assam, Meghalaya, West Bengal, and Arunachal Pradesh, indicating the potential for extremely heavy rainfall on June 19.

The Karimganj district has been severely impacted by flooding, affecting over 1.52 lakh people, including 41,711 children. The inundation has particularly affected 225 villages across Nilambazar, RK Nagar, Karimganj, and Badarpur revenue circles. Authorities are actively taking measures to assist those affected by the flooding in Karimganj district.

A total of 22,464 people affected by the floods sought shelter in relief camps and distribution centers established by the district administration. The ASDMA flood report indicates that 470 villages across 28 revenue circles in 15 flood-hit districts have been affected. The report also highlights that floodwaters have submerged 1,378.64 hectares of crop area in 11 districts.

The ASDMA has pointed out that the water level of the Brahmaputra River is flowing above the danger level mark in the Nagaon district. "Right now the water level is going up and down. There is a statue in the middle of the river and when the water reaches its neck, we realise that the water level has risen," the report mentioned.

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