Water Level of Brahmaputra River Rising at an Alarming Rate Due to Assam FloodsJuly 23, 2020 19:44
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Indian Meteorological Department warns of more rain in Assam. The water of Brahmaputra river is flowing 8 cm above the danger mark.
In between the incessant rains and raging floods in Assam, the news of rising water levels of Brahmaputra River comes as a fearful alert to the residents.
As per an official of the Central Water Commission (CWC), the water level has rose 8cm beyond the danger mark. The water level is expected to rise more and it is not expected to recede anytime soon.
According to CWC’s predictions, the water level of the river is going to rise by 30 cm which is going to cause havoc in the state. A warning has been issued in the state asking people not to go near the banks of Brahmaputra River and its water front.
28 out of 33 districts of Assam have already been severely affected by rains and floods recently. With the water levels of the river rising, the situation is only going to get worse. The levels of water in Brahmaputra’s tributaries have also risen lately.
River kopili at Kampur in the Nagaon district has been flowing aggressively causing fear among people nearby.
Meanwhile, 109,358.67 hectares of crops have already been damaged to the floods in Assam.
The ASDMA has also said that the government has till now set up approximately 397 relief camps and distribution centers in 18 districts.
44,553 people affected by the floods have been transferred to safe shelters.
Some of the worst affected districts of Assam by the deluge include Cachar, Dibrugarh, Goalpara and Kamrup.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal had reviewed the flood situation and also COVID-19 situation with the district administration of Goalpara on Tuesday.
The chief minister had directed the officials to provide awareness to the people on Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) mainly to the farmers who have been severely affected by the floods.
Meanwhile, IMD has predicted that Assam is going to receive huge rainfall in the coming days.
However, IMD said that thunderstorms with lightning is also predicted in the states of Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Odisha and Coastal Andhra Pradesh.
The Assam floods have taken the lives of 87 people till now and more than 55 lakh livelihoods have been damaged. According to ASDMA, around 2409 villages have been severely affected by the floods.
However, an NDRF team has reached the affaected villages and has been providing the people with face masks and have shifting them to safe places.
The Nepali Khunti village in Goalpara is the worst affected village due to rains and has been gone under water due to a local dam collapse. About 100 families in the village have become homeless overnight.
PM Narendra Modi in his meeting with CM Sonowal had promised all the necessary help to the State.
By Gayatri Yellayi