GUWAHATI: The flood situation worsened in Assam on Thursday with 9,000 more people hit in Lakhimpur, Dhemaji and Dibrugarh districts in upper Assam, reports Kangkan Kalita. Till Wednesday, 21,000 people were affected in Dhemaji and Lakhimpur districts. Kamrup (Metro), Cachar and Nalbari districts remain affected by urban floods.
“Both NDRF and SDRF have joined rescue operations in Lakhimpur district. The Army and the Indian Air Force are on alert,” Assam State Disaster Management Aauthority (ASDMA) chief executive officer Gyanendra Dev Tripathi told TOI on Thursday.
Excess rain in the hills of Arunachal Pradesh inundated several villages in downstream areas of Lakhimpur district where 23,516 people were affected. In Dibrugarh, more than 3,857 have been hit while in Dhemaji the figure was 1,497 till Thursday evening. Three relief distribution centres have been opened in Lakhimpur district. Altogether, nearly 215.6 hectare crop area remains submerged in floodwaters, the ASDMA said.
The Kumatiya Embankment from NH-15 to Gurathali Chapori in Dhemaji has been damaged, the ASDMA said. Erosion caused by the Brahmaputra and its tributaries has caused havoc in riverside areas across Biswanath, Bongaigaon, Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Lakhimpur, Morigaon, Sonitpur and Udalguri districts, the ASDMA said. Meanwhile, an “orange alert” persists in the northeastern states for the next two days.

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