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Rain worsens floods in Assam

Tezpur, July 18: The flood situation in Dhemaji and Sonitpur districts worsened today because of incessant rain for the past few days in Arunachal Pradesh and its adjoining areas.

A portion of the Namdang dyke was swept away by floodwaters yesterday, inundating several villages in Sisimukh panchayat in Dhemaji district. At least 3,000 people of the area have taken shelter on high land over the past two days.

Several villages have been swept away by the Brahmaputra in Pashim Dhemaji and Machkhowa areas of Dhemaji district this year. If the rain continues, water overflowing Namdang breach will affect Machkhowa as well as Dhakuakhana in Lakhimpur district, officials said.

Dhemaji deputy commissioner M.S. Manivandhan said the administration was providing necessary relief to the affected people. He added that water receded from some parts of the district today.

A report from Sonitpur said more then 3,000 people in Biswanath Chariali subdivision and Sootea and Panpur in Tezpur subdivision have been affected by the floods since yesterday. The administration has re-opened 12 relief camps.

Sonitpur deputy commissioner Tapan Chandra Sarma said the affected people have been lodged in a school, which has been turned into a camp.

The water level of the Siang river has been approaching the danger mark in Pasighat district of Arunachal Pradesh.

Heavy rain since the past two days has also flooded the market area in East Siang district, forcing shopkeepers to down shutters. Sources said the waterlogging had occurred largely because of the ongoing construction of National Highway 52. The highway’s height has been raised, which stops water from flowing downwards.

Pasighat deputy commissioner R.K. Mishra, who went to the market area to take stock of the situation, has instructed the General Reserve Engineer Force, which is constructing the highway, to find a way out. GREF personnel were clearing the drainage on a war footing.