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Flash floods kill several in Guwahati, throw life out of gear

Last updated on: June 27, 2014 18:51 IST

Flash floods kill several in Guwahati, throw life out of gear

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K Anurag in Guwahati

Eight persons were killed because of landslides and electrocution due to flash floods triggered by a night-long downpour in Guwahati on Friday. All the main thoroughfares and most of the localities were flooded, disrupting daily life.

All education institutions in the city were rendered non-functional, while government offices, including the ground floor offices in the sate secretariat complex were under flood water.

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Image: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi visits flood affected area of MLA Hostel at the Assam secretariat, Dispur in Guwahati after a heavy downpour in Thursday night.


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The official bungalows of ministers and member of Legislative Assembly in Dispur capital complex were also deluged, while certain areas in the heart of the city including Nabin Nagar, Rajgarh, Anil Nagar, Pub-Sarania, Downtown etc. were under waist deep water causing immense trouble for the residents.

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Image: People use rubber boats provided by the district administration to commute in the waterlogged Rajgarh area after heavy rains in Guwahati.
Photographs: PTI photo

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Three persons of a family, Tulsi Barman, Kanak Barman and Protima Barman were killed due to landslides that occurred at Bhangagarh area in the city while two persons --Bhaskar Jyoti Das and Suren Bharali -- died due to electrocution caused by flood in Downtown area in the city.

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Image: Rickshaw pullers wade through a waterlogged street after heavy rains in Guwahati on Friday.
Photographs: PTI photo

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Another person, Prafulla Das, was electrocuted to death at Nabin Nagar area in the city. Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has ordered the chief secretary, additional chief secretary, 
principal secretary and the home commissioner to inspect rescue operation in deluged areas in the city.

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Image: School children wade through water-logged streets in Guwahati


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The chief minister also directed the State Disaster Management Authority to take all possible measures to provide relief to the city residents who have been devastated by the catastrophic flash floods. One of the arterial roads in the city, the R G Baruah Road is under waist deepwater throwing the city transport system totally out of order.

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Image: Flood affected area of the Assam legislative assembly, Dispur in Guwahati.


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A portion of the Guwahati-Shillong Road too have been flooded much to the chagrin of city residents who have accused the government officials and politicians of pocketing lion’s share of the huge sums of money that is allocated every year to mitigate the problem of flash flood in Guwahati.


Image: A flood affected area in Guwahati


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