Assam monsoon floods wreak havoc on the state, kill 11 and displace a million

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  • As many as 25 of the state’s 33 districts are affected by the floods.
  • The situation might get worse as heavy rainfall is predicted in the next few hours.
  • The water level of major rivers like the Brahmaputra, Dikhow, Dhansiri, Jia Bharali, Puthimari and Beki is above the danger mark.
Over 11 people died and a million have lost their homes as monsoon floods ravaged the state of Assam. The situation might get worse as heavy rainfall is predicted in the next few hours.

As many as 25 of the state’s 33 districts are affected by the floods. The water level of major rivers like the Brahmaputra, Dikhow, Dhansiri, Jia Bharali, Puthimari and Beki is above the danger mark.

The neighbouring country of Nepal is worse-hit as many as 65 people have died, said the local police said in a tweet.

Though heavy rains and monsoon floods are common in Assam, this year it is much heavier than expected, local authorities said. As much as 80% of the area is flooded every year during the season.

IANS
National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has been evacuating people from low-lying areas and shifting them to shelters. As of now, the government rescued 750 people from Assam and Bihar in the last three to four days.

The flood waters from the Brahmaputra have also entered some parts of the Kaziranga National Park, forcing the animals to migrate in search of higher ground.

"The flood waters have entered the park but the situation is under control. We are monitoring the situation closely and will implement the time card system for restricting the speed limit of vehicles on NH-27 as and when necessary," said Kaziranga Divisional Forest Officer, Rohini Ballav Saikia told IANS.

A total of 13,276 hectares of agricultural land has been affected by the floods, officials said.
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