Assam flooding claims 1, washes 300 villages: Red alert issued

Government has declared red alert in Sonitpur, North Lakhimpur, Golaghat and Barpeta area after flood claimed life of one and washed away more than 300 villages in northeastern Indian state of Assam.

Flood swept away a body of a 12-year-old boy in Jengpuri in Morigaon district.

Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy rainfall in the next three-four days in Assam.

Recent flooding in Assam have affected nearly 68,000 people in Assam. Even animals are moved to highlands in Kaziranga National Park. The elite Assam Forest Protection Force commandos are also on alert.

According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority, the Brahmaputra river is flowing over danger level at Nematighat in Jorhat district.

Three disaster relief camps have been set up in Dhemaji district where around thousand people are taking shelter.

Soil erosion has also been reported along Khalihamari Butikur Road in Dhemaji.

Flash floods and landslides in Uttarakhand claimed lives of thousands of people last month.

Original post: Natural Disasters List July 4, 2013


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