Brahmaputra breaches danger mark, 300,000 people displaced
While parts of the country remains parched, northeastern states are reeling under the effects of one of the worst floods they have ever faced in the month of June. Assam has already received 104 per cent excess rainfall in a week starting June 20. Twenty-three of the 27 districts are flooded, displacing 300,000 people and killing 20.
According to the Indian Meteorological Department’s regional meteorological department in Guwahati, the region has till now received 31 per cent excess rainfall in the month of June. Monsoons hit Assam on June 6. “Till date, the state has recorded 508.6 mm rainfall while the normal is 388.2 mm,” says Sunit Das, of the meteorological department. The intensity of the rainfall might increase in the coming weeks, he adds. According to Assam Disaster Management Authority, 21,374.15 hectare, of agricultural land is under water in the state. The latest victims are from Sonitpur and Jorhat districts, where flood waters have swept away ten persons.
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