Brahmaputra crossing danger level in Assam

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Assam, Sep 4: Situation in Assam remains to be grim as Brahmaputra is crossing the danger level in Guwahati and Jorhat. The Central Water Commission on Thursday, Sep 4 said that the water level was 5cm above the danger level at 49.69 metres. Further rainfall may deluge low lying areas of Guwahati such as Chandrapur, Sonapur and Azara. A Kamrup metro district official said, "Brahmaputra was flowing at 51.88 metres during the widespread floods in 1988. In July 1994, the river crossed the danger mark in the capital city and there was a deluge".

"However, there is no need to panic as there is no threat to life and property. The river water will overtop MG Road only if the water level rises above the 50-metre mark, which is unlikely to happen at least in the next couple of days," added the official.

People are worried as floodwaters continue to create havoc on the embankments of Notunbolai, Panimiri and Bamunbill areas along Dehing River in Dibrugarh district.

Gobin Kalita, Executive Engineer of flood control department (Dibrugarh) said, ''Incessant rainfall has caused a continuous rise in the water levels of Dehing and Brahmaputra rivers and large-scale erosion in this area affecting the embankments.""

Farmlands of about 7,737 hectares in Dibrugarh also come under floodwaters. Ashutosh Agnihotri, Deputy Commissioner of Dibrugarh said, ''Most of the land under water is in Larwa under Moran constituency with some part in Tenghakhat damaging the crops.""

Chief Minister of Assam, Tarun Gogoi on Wednesday, Sep 3 after an aerial survey of Majuli and Kaziranga, declared that the kin of dead in Majuli will get Rs 1 lakh besides Rs 25,000 for damage to RCC houses and Rs 10,000 to mud houses apart from compensating for livestock. the Minster said that 16 districts had been affected by the floods and till now there is no crisis of shortage of food.

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