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Flood kills two in Assam, situation grim in Arunachal



The Shillong Times, Guwahati

September 2, 2015


Guwahati: Two persons were washed away by flood waters in Assam on Tuesday as the overall flood situation remained grim.


Official sources said here one person each was drowned in flood waters in Tinsukia and Dibrugarh district.Three deaths were reported from across the state on Monday.


Most parts of Dibrugarh town in eastern Assam continued to reel under artificial floods for the fourth day today, with Army and SDRF assisting civil authorities in rescue and relief operations.


Important rivers across the state continued to flow above the danger level.


The Brahmaputra was still flowing over the red mark in four places, the Burhedehing and Dhansiri in eastern parts of the state, Puthimari and Beki in western parts and Sankosh and Kushiyara in the southern end.


Altogether, 1841 villages and localites in 65 revenue circles of 18 districts remained affected by floods, with the number of affected population going up to 8.75 lakh.


Over 85000 people were sheltered in 214 relief camps and centres across the state.


Breach in embankments in different parts and overtopping of roads have also been reported from different parts of the state.


In Arunachal Pradesh, flood situation continued to remain grim with rising water level of major rivers in several districts inundating fresh areas forcing the administration to evacuate people to safer places. The affected districts include Lohit, Namsai, Lower Dibang Valley, Kurung Kumey, Lower Dibang Valley and East Siang while Anjaw was cut off from the rest of the country due to rain-triggered landslides.


At least 34 houses were washed away by Dibang river at two villages in Dambuk sub-division of Lower Dibang Valley district, Additional Deputy Commissioner Atul Tayeng said. Two persons are believed to have been washed away by Bete river Chambang in Kurung Kumey district on August 29.(Agencies).