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Wednesday , April 5 , 2017

Teenager electrocuted in Assam, toll 3

Students navigate through the submerged school campus in Guwahati on Tuesday. Picture by UB Photos

April 4: A teenager was electrocuted in Assam's Bongaigaon district this morning when a high-voltage electrical wire broke from a transmission poll that was struck by lightning and fell on him.

With the death of Tapan Rabha, 17, the death toll in Assam's inclement weather has gone up to three.

One person died in Dima Hasao district yesterday while another had died in Cachar district on Friday.

A schoolteacher, Subroto Paul, was swept away by flash floods in Dima Hasao yesterday morning. His body was recovered today from Jatinga river near Lala Basti, 2km from Kapurchera along NH54E where he was swept away. Kapurchera is 28km from Haflong, the district headquarters of Dima Hasao. Police confirmed his identity.

A woman, identified as Arupa Bhattacharya, 32, was struck by lightning at Banglaghat, 6km from Silchar, the headquarters of Cachar district, on Friday.

Tapan's body has been sent to Bongaigaon civil hospital for post-mortem.

The danger of floods looms large in the state with the water levels of the Brahmaputra and its tributaries crossing the danger mark at places.

The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) has issued flood warnings for Karimganj and Hailakandi districts, situated on the banks of the Barak, in south Assam.

The Central Water Commission's flood alert said the water level of the Barak has risen above the danger level at Badarpur Ghat in Karimganj district, of the Dhansiri near Numaligarh in Golaghat district and of the Kopili at Kampur town in Nagaon district.

"If the water level crosses the danger mark in Karimganj, it will affect Nilambazar, Karimganj town, RK Nagar and Patharkandi. Floods in Hailakandi district will affect Hailakandi and Algapur towns. At present, there is a low flood situation," ASDMA state coordinator Rajib Prakash Baruah said.

Sources in the Silchar water resources division said the water level of the Barak was 1.57m below the danger mark of 19.83m.

Due to a rise in the water level of the Brahmaputra, some villages in Jonai subdivision of Dhemaji district and Dhakuakhana subdivision of Lakhimpur district are also in the high flood risk zone.

According to ASDMA, four districts, Dhubri, Dima Hasao, Tinsukia and Kamrup, have been hit by heavy rain and squalls. Around 93 houses in Dhubri, Tinsukia and Dima Hasao have been damaged.

The Borjhar-based Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) said the spell of pre-monsoon showers which started on March 31 will continue till April 7 but inclement weather will continue in spells throughout the month.

"Pre-monsoon showers are dangerous as they are accompanied by thunder, strong winds and hailstorm. It occurs every year in March, April and May and peaks in April. However, the behaviour of the pre-monsoon showers cannot be predicted as it changes according to global climatic changes. For instance, last year Nagaland was the worst hit by hailstorm while this year it is Barak Valley," RMC director Sanjay O'Neil Shaw told The Telegraph here today.

Cachar, where normal life was thrown out of gear by flash floods after incessant rain, is the most affected district in the state. Five revenue circles - Sadar, Sonai, Udharbond, Katigora and Lakhipur - were severely affected by flash floods.

Life limped back to normal in several flooded localities of Silchar, including Ambicapatty, Itkhola, Rongpur and Link Road, after pre-monsoon rain took a break last night.

However, frequent showers since morning inundated many areas once again today. Bilpar, Sonai Road, Raigarh (Tarapur), Meherpur and a few other localities were still under water. Altogether 7,201 hectares of cropland have been affected by floods in the district.

Additional reporting by Avishek Sengupta,
Swapnaneel Bhattacharjee, Tejesh Kumar and Samsul Alam

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