Heavy monsoon rains expected in Assam, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh on Aug 12

IMD has forecast heavy to very heavy rainfall in some northeastern states sub Himalayan West Bengal Uttar Pradesh and Bihar

Guwahati: The fresh wave of flood in Assam has so far claimed five persons and rendered about 11 lakhs homeless in 1,752 villages from 19 districts of the state. The fresh wave of floods has submerged upper and lower Assam, affecting almost 10 lakh people. If reports are to be believed, two waves of floods have affected over 25 lakh people in 29 districts of Assam this year, with the administration setting up 1,098 relief camps and distribution centres in the state.

The NDRF is also conducting rescue operations across the state. Four people have died in floods in Assam in past 24 hours. The army has also been put on standby for emergency rescue operation, sources added.

The Brahmaputra was flowing above the red mark across its 680-km length in the state, and with eight other tributaries overflowing, embankments have been washed away in several districts.

The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Baksa, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Chirang, Kikrajhar, Dhubri, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivsagar, Charaideo, Tinsukia and Dibrugarh districts were affected.

Almost 14,000 flood displaced people are taking shelter in 39 relief centres, the ASDMA report added.

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The Indian Metrological Department (IMD) has also predicted heavy to very heavy Himalayan rain in a number of places with extremely heavy precipitation over Bihar, Sub Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam & Meghalaya.

Nine rivers - the Brahmaputra, Buridehing, Subansiri, Dhansiri, Jia Bharali, Puthimari, Beki, Gaurang and Sankosh - are flowing above their danger levels.

In Meghalaya, the Kynshi River is flowing above the danger level, inundating low lying areas in Kauai hills.

He also announced a package of Rs 2,000 crore for the flood and landslide-affected states of the region. In the capital Itanagar, National Highway 415 in Karsingsa has been affected again as a large portion of the road caved in on Friday morning due to water logging, leaving several passengers stranded. Nearly all trains are running late in North Bengal due to continuous rainfall.

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