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Floods, landslide claim 25 in northeast

K Anurag in Guwahati | July 30, 2007 14:50 IST

The devastating wave of flood that started last week in Assam has so far claimed 15 lives in different parts of the state taking the overall toll in the Northeast to 25.Ten deaths reported earlier from West Garo Hills in Meghalaya where landslide killed nine while one was swept away by flood waters.

Assam floods have so far affected more than 11 lakh people from 13 out of 27 districts in the state. The floods claimed three persons at Manchachar, one in Dhubri, one in Tezpur, one in Sivasagar, one at Bokakhat, two in Karbi Anglong, one each at Tihu, Barak Valley, Bojali, Philobari, Morigaon and Barambai.

The flood waters have submerged about 30,000 hectares of crop land all over the state even as the entire river including the main channel of Brahmaputra and its major tributaries continued to flow over the danger level. However, most of the river has started showing a steady trend on Monday as there was partial let up in incessant monsoon rains.

Columns in Indian Army have been helping the civil administration in rescuing marooned people in worst affected areas. Soldiers are engaged in rescuing marooned villagers in boats and rafts.

The mighty Brahmaputra River is still flowing dangerously much above the danger mark in Guwahati city, according to a source in Central Water Commission office in Guwahati even as administration has engaged four machines to pump out water from swirling Bharalu river, a tributary of the Brahmaputra River, to save different parts of the capital city from inundation.

Over 2 lakh people were displaced by devastating floods in the worst-hit Dhemaji districts in the North bank of the mighty Brahmaputra River that flows through Assam valley from East to West. These people are being sheltered in over 1300 makeshift relief camps set up by the district administration on embankments, schools and other government buildings.

Guwahati airport is facing a threat from the swirling Brahmaputra River flowing near by. The river has severely eroded its embankment at Palasbari town near the airport.