Toll touches 50 in third wave of Assam flood

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Guwahati, Sept 15 (UNI) The flood situation in Assam continued to be grim, particularly in the Barak valley and Majuli river island, as the toll rose to 50 in the third wave of flood in the state.

The capital city of Guwahati was also submerged in waist-deep water following a heavy downpour last night.

Three persons of a family were also killed in the city after their house was buried in a mudslide.

In Morigaon district yesyerday, six people were reported to have drowned in separate incidents. Though the overall situation in the district showed marginal improvement, the important rivers, including Brahmaputra, Kopili, Kolong and Kiling, were still flowing above the red mark.

The Morigaon-Guwahati road had also been overtopped and traffic movement was restricted.

The Majuli island continued to face the worst fury in the third wave of flood. After waters of the Brahmaputra inundated the entire upper Majuli area following the breach of Soimohia embankment, central parts of the island, which faced flood in the rarest of instances, were also submerged since yesterday.

The waters of Brahmpautra and Subansiri were now making way to the lower Majuli region, local reports said, with the people of the island readying for the worst flood in recent history.

Massive erosion has also been reported from the island, which already faces a threat to its existence.

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