File Photo of Assam Floods in 2018, Screengrab, Courtesy: PTI
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Assam:

The flood situation in Assam turned grave on Tuesday. As per reports, more than 62,000 people in 8 districts are affected. The situation might turn worse as  India Meteorological Department (IMD) had predicted enhanced rain in the entire of Northeastern states including Assam in the next few days.

According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), more than 145 villages are flooded, damaging 3,435 hectares of crop areas. The affected districts are Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Barpeta, Chirang, Golaghat, Jorhat and Dibrugarh districts. Of these districts, Dhemaji is the worst affected, with over 22,000 people stranded.

ASDMA has opened five relief camps with 203 people and distribution centres in two districts. There had been major damages to embankments, roads, bridges, culverts at various places in Barpeta, Udalguri, Lakhimpur, Sonitpur and Jorhat districts. The place is also witnessing major erosion.

The IMD said the North Eastern states are likely to experience enhanced rainfall with isolated heavy to very heavy rain in Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura during July 9-12.`

ASDMA also informed that over 3,435 hectares of agricultural land have been destroyed.

Meanwhile, in Arunachal Pradesh, a devastating cloudburst has stranded nearly 800 people. Many others are reported to be missing.

The state government has also activated 24×7 emergency control rooms in all the administrative circles.

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