First floods hit Assam, NH 52 overtopped in Dhemaji

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Guwahati,May 28(UNI)In the first floods of the year in Assam,Dhemaji district in the eastern fringes of the state was today cut-off from the rest of the country, after national highway 52 was overtopped following breach of an embankment.

Dhemaji deputy commissioner Diwakar Mishra informed that waters of the Jiadhal river breached about 20 mt of an embankment about 18 kms from the headquarters of Dhemaji, overtopping the NH 52.

All vehicular traffic has been suspended, with restoration work on in full swing, he said.

Severe erosion was reported from three points at Maraduk, Deheri and Holodunga in the district, with efforts on to save the points, the DC said.

He further informed that alert has been sounded for 100 nearby villages, with rescue and disaster management teams already in place.

Dhemaji district is among the worst-hit in the annual floods, with the district remaining cut-off from the rest of the country through road for about two months last monsoon.

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