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13 August 2017, 02:47 | Terri Saunders
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Southwest Monsoon remained vigorous over Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim and North Odisha.
Further, in the last 24 hours, the incessant heavy rains over Tripura has triggered flash flood like situation particularly in the western parts of the state.
According to Assam Disaster Management Authority, over 63 thousand people have taken refuge in 268 relief camps in the state as over 1,750 villages are marooned.
Puthimari and Pagladiya rivers in Baksa, Kamrup and Nalbari districts of Assam are likely to flow in moderate to high flood situation between August 10 to August 14 as also Beki and Manas rivers in Barpeta district during the period from August 10 to August 15.
The worst affected district in upper Assam are Lakhimpur, Tinsukia and Dhemaji and in lower Assam, it is Chirang, Bongaigaon and Kokrajhar.
The swollen Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger level at several places and water level is rising 5 cm every few hours.
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Personnel of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are now engaged in rescue and relief operations in flood-affected areas of the State.
Almost 14,000 flood displaced people are taking shelter in 39 relief centres, the ASDMA report added. Brahmaputra and its tributaries are also reported to be flowing above the danger level at several places.
While seven of the 12 affected areas were already repaired and the lines certified for train running at controlled speed, in four sections train running are suspended till the situation improves.
Roads and bridges were also damaged by the swirling floods in a number of districts.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal visited two flood relief camps situated at Dhelakhat in Tinsukia district and Dinjoy Hazarimal Higher Secondary School in Dibrugarh district, and enquired about the arrangements made for inmates of the camps.
Rains in Bhutan have also fed the rivers of the state. The Brahmaputra was flowing above the danger mark at Nematighat, Dibrugarh, Tezpur and Dhubri, the ASDMA stated in a bulletin on Saturday evening.
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