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Over 71,000 affected in fresh wave of floods across 5 districts of Assam

More than 71,000 people across five districts of Assam have been affected by a fresh wave of floods, the State Disaster Management Authority said recently. 

The situation in the state worsened again due to heavy rain in Arunachal Pradesh.

Sonitpur district is the worst hit by the deluge, with 41,533 people affected by it, followed by the districts of Morigaon, Dhemaji, Lakhimpur and Nagaon. NH-15 in Sonitpur is underwater, along with several other areas in the district.

The Assam State Disaster Management Authority said that 21 relief camps have been set up in five districts, where around 86 people had taken shelter. The Brahmaputra river in Jorhat and its tributaries – Jia Bharali in Sonitpur and Dhansiri in Golaghat – are flowing above the danger mark.

“Troopers of the National Disaster Relief Force evacuated 753 marooned villagers to safer places in Sonitpur. 16 deep divers, 32 boats and other life-saving aid have been deployed for relief and rescue operations,” a source said. 

“Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal asked Water Resources Minister Keshav Mahanta to visit the affected areas of Sonitpur and supervise the relief operations,” the source added.  

According to Skymet Weather, North East India is expected to receive heavy rain for the next two days. 

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