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More rainfall in upstream Brahmaputra may pose threat to city
Staff Reporter

Workers repairing a bamboo bridge used by passengers to board ferries on the flooded bank of the Brahmaputra in Guwahati on Saturday. The river is flowing above the danger level in the city. – UB Photos
 GUWAHATI, July 13 - It all depends on rainfall activities in the upstream areas as to whether Guwahati, the capital of Assam, would be inundated by floodwaters of the Brahmaputra or not during the current wave of floods.

The Brahmaputra was flowing 32 cm above the danger level in the city on Saturday evening.

According to sources in the State’s Water Resources department, if the mighty river rises 50 cm more, floodwaters will submerge the PWD Road in Fancy Bazar area. The river is expected to continue a rising trend till Sunday morning.

However, if rainfall activities in the upstream areas of the river subside, the water level may acquire a falling trend in the city.

Again, since the Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger level, all sluice gates at Bonda on the Bonda channel, at Naojan area in Uzanbazar on the Naojan channel, at Anil Nagar and Bharalumukh on the Bharalu river are closed.

For the past few days, the pumps at Bonda and Bharalumukh main sluice gate have been kept in operation depending on the demand of the situation.

In Bharalumukh area, there are two small sluice gates on the confluence points of two stormwater drains with the Bharalu river, besides the main sluice gate located near Pragjyotish College.

Sources in the Water Resources department said that the situation this year has so far not demanded any pumping operation at Naojan.

Since all the sluice gates, particularly those on the Bharalu river, are closed, it is feared that a heavy shower over the eastern part of Guwahati may jeopardise the present arrangements to keep the city free from the flood caused by the Brahmaputra backwaters and rain-induced flash floods, at any time. Some areas may face flash floods under such a situation, said the sources.

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