Heavy rain and floods in Assam kill at least 10 and displace

first_img Next Reuters GuwahatiJuly 14, 2019UPDATED: July 14, 2019 13:00 IST Girls row a makeshift raft past submerged houses at a flood-affected village in Karbi Anglong district, Assam, July 11, 2019 (Photo: Reuters)Heavy monsoon rains in Assam displaced more than a million people from their homes and flash floods killed at least 10 in the past 72 hours, state authorities said on Saturday, warning the situation could worsen in coming days.The Brahmaputra river, which flows from the Himalayas into India and then through Bangladesh, has burst its banks, swamping more than 1,800 villages in the state.#WATCH Roads washed away as water from Brahmaputra river enters Nagaon area in Morigaon, in Assam. #AssamFloods pic.twitter.com/Mp26AI7MA6ANI (@ANI) July 14, 2019″10 people have died in separate incidents of drowning in the past three days and more than one million people (have been) affected, with the flood situation turning grave,” a state government flood bulletin said.Torrential rains have affected at least 25 of Assam’s 32 districts and the federal water resources body said water levels in the Brahmaputra were expected to rise, with more rains forecast over the next three days.Flood water enters villages in Darrang district in Assam “The flood situation remains extremely critical,” Assam’s Water Resources Minister Keshab Mahanta told Reuters.Assam, known for its fine quality teas, has for several years battled floods and heavy rains that have claimed dozens of lives and displaced hundreds of thousands of people.Assam was on a maximum alert due to heavy rains forecast over the next few days, government officials said.People in the state were also at threat from Japanese encephalitis, a mosquito-borne viral infection, government officials said. More than 160 people have been killed since January by the infection.The government said it had met on Saturday to review flooding across different parts of the country, and emergency teams had rescued 750 people in Assam and nearby Bihar state, where the Kosi River had risen above the danger mark.Flash floods and landslides in Nepal also triggered by monsoon rains killed 15 people and injured 12 overnight.ALSO READ: Assam floods: 70% of Kaziranga National Park, 95 camps submergedALSO WATCH: Floods disrupt life in NortheastFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShreya Sinha Heavy rain and floods in Assam kill at least 10 and displace more than 1 millionHeavy monsoon rains in Assam displaced more than a million people from their homes and flash floods killed at least 10 in the past 72 hours, state authorities said on Saturday, warning the situation could worsen in coming days.advertisementlast_img

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