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Floods claim 100 lives in State
Staff reporter
 GUWAHATI, July 5 The flood-related death toll has shot up to 100 in the State this year. So far, 16 people are reported to have been missing from 11 districts. Of the 27 districts of the State, 21 are still affected by flood, said the official flood bulletin of the State Government here this evening.

 Meanwhile, incessant rainfall in the upper reaches of the rivers in Arunachal Pradesh for the past two days aggravated the flood situation in West Dhemaji and Jiadhol areas of Dhemaji district today.

According to the official bulletin, the flood-related death cases have been reported from the districts of Baksa, Dhemaji, Dhubri (one case each), Dibrugarh, Golaghat, Jorhat, Karbi Anglong, Lakhimpur, Tinsukia (two cases each ), Bongaigaon, Goalpara, Kokrajhar, Sivasagar (three cases each), Cachar, Darrang (four cases each), Morigaon, Nagaon (five cases each), Sonitpur (six cases), Nalbari (eight cases), Kamrup (eleven cases) and Barpeta (31 cases).

The Central Water Commission (CWC) in its morning flood bulletin said that the Brahmaputra was flowing above the danger mark at Neamatighat and Dhubri. The Jia Bharali was also flowing above the danger mark at NT Road crossing in Sonitpur district, said the CWC flood bulletin.

According to a Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) report here, available data indicate that moderate to rather heavy rain occurred at most places with heavy to very heavy falls at one or two places over Arunachal Pradesh, at many places with rather heavy to heavy rain at one or two places over Assam and Meghalaya and light to moderate rain occurred at a few places over Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram & Tripura during last 24 hours.

According to the RMC forecast moderate rain or thundershower may occur at most place over Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Meghalaya and at many places over Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura during the next 24 hours. Heavy rain may occur at one or two places over Assam, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh during the next 48 hours, said the RMC in its warning, adding, there may be little change taking place during the subsequent two days.

Our Dhemaji Correspondent adds: Flood situation in West Dhemaji and Jiadhol areas of Dhemaji district worsened further today. The surging floodwater of the Jiadhol has submerged more than 40 villages in West Dhemaji and Jiadhol areas under the Dhemaji Revenue Circle.

The West Dhemaji flood-hit villages include Kechukhana Kachari, Kechukhana Kochgaon, Kechukhana Chapori, No 2 Narowathan, Bothadoi, Mitha Aam Chapori, Adarshagaon, Dhobabari, Lawomuri, Ghuguha, Lakhtakia, Bordalapa, Changmaibari, Haithapathar, Phutukabari, among others.

Several villages under the Dihiri Gaon Panchayat of Jiadhol area are the worst hit by the current wave of flood. The West Dhemaji villages like the Kechukhana Kachari, Kechukhana Kochgaon and the Kechukhana Chapori are the worst hit ones. The residents of these villages are taking shelter on the high stilt-houses.

The standing crop of the flood-hit areas are also submerged by the floodwater of the river.

The Dhemaji-Ghilamora PWD Road is also breached at Narowathan at two places disrupting surface communication between Ghilamora and Dhemaji.

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