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Second wave of flood hits Assam

August 06, 2012 20:17 IST

Assam is in the grip of a second wave of flood, triggered by heavy rainfall in the catchment areas of river Brahmaputra, which has affected seven districts.

According to an official flood bulletin, fresh rainfall across the state, particularly in the catchment areas of Brahmaputra, has resulted in alarming rise in water level.

There was, however, no report of any loss of lives.

Due to the rise in water level, huge areas of human habitation and cropland in Baksa, Barpeta, Kamrup, Nalbari, Dhemaji, Sonitpur and Sibsagar districts have been submerged and nearly 150 villages with a population of nearly two lakh were affected.

The government has opened 15 relief camps in Baksar, Goalpara, Kamrup and Nalbari districts which are housing more than 50,000 people whose houses were submerged.

In Guwahati, normal life was thrown out of gear as it was lashed by heavy rainfall. The main thoroughfares are under waist deep water bringing traffic to a standstill and stranding commuters.

The worst affected areas are RGB Road, GS Road and Zoo Road, which have been completely submerged.

In the first wave of flood, 126 people had lost their lives and nearly 3.5 lakh population was affected.

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