1 killed,4 injured as flood wreaks havoc in Guwahati

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Guwahati, Jun 20(UNI) At least one person was killed and four others critically injured in flash floods that wreaked havoc and inundated large parts of Guwahati city since last night.

Official sources said one person was killed and four others were injured in landslide at Udalbakra, in the outskirts of the city as it experienced 2.5 cm of rainfall in just over an hour last night.

The Met office informed that it was the heaviest rainfall this season so far.

Most parts of the Guwahati city have been flooded and a faulty sewerage system has aggravated the situation.

More than 25,000 people of Nabin nagar, Chandmari, Pub Sarania, Lachit Nagar have been stranded at home in waist deep water.

With the Brahmaputra flowing above the danger level, the river Bharalu, the main drainage of the city, has not been able to discharge water and as a result the water level has not gone down even though the rain stopped last night itself.

According to police reports at least 300 vehicles were left stranded since last night on the roads as most of the major thoroughfares fares had gone underwater.

There were reports of landslides also from the surrounding hill areas of the city. The worst affected areas are Chandmari, R G B Road, Kalapahar, Maligaon, Rehabari and G S Roads.

The civic authorities have been using pumps to drain out water.

Guwahati development Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma inspected some of the worst flood affected areas.

Meanwhile, in the worst affected Lakhimpur district, the flood situation has improved but still as many as 6000 people have not been able to move to their own houses as it is still under water.

However, the river Brahmaputra is rising menacingly and flowing above the danger level at all the measuring points signalling the first major wave of floods in the entire Brahmaputra valley.

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