River levels rise as rains lash parts of Assam

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Guwahati, Oct 9 (UNI) Incessant rain over the last few days in several parts of Assam has given rise to the threat of another wave of flood even as the state was struggling to come to terms with the previous devastation caused by the three waves of floods.

Rains have led to rise in water levels of many tributaries of the Brahmaputra and Barak rivers.

Central Water Commission sources informed that the Puthimari river was flowing over the red mark at the National Highway crossing in Kamrup district.

Other tributaries of the Brahmaputra approaching the danger level included Jia Bharali river in Sonitpur district and Kopili river in Nagaon district.

The Katakhal river, a major tributary of the Barak, was also nearing the danger mark at Matizuri in Hailakandi district.

Reports from Darrang district informed that the Nonoi river had breached two dykes at Khotora and Toragaon last night.

Standing crops and several hectares of land had been submerged and the damage was likely to increase as water levels were rising.

Moreover, swelling waters of Saktola, Nonoi and Nua rivers inundated several villages through breaches caused in the earlier waves of flood.

A state government bulletin informed that as many as 91 people lost their lives in the third wave of flood so far, taking the toll to over 100.

Though the relief camps had been closed now, the government was providing essential commodities in many parts of Assam.

Vehicular traffic on NH 31 between Howly and Bhawanipur continued to be disrupted since last month after a bridge was damaged by the river current.

The route serves as the main road link for the entire NE states and though heavy traffic was being diverted through an alternative route, the disruption was a major concern for the authorities.

UNI

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