Assam Flood: Assam on high alert after Bhutan releases dam water

Guwahati, 19 June: Lower Assam’s flood scenario is likely to get worse after Bhutan has released more water from the reservoir of the Kurichhu Hydropower Plant in the Kuricchu River, according to reports on Sunday.

Due to the release of excess water, Kaladiya River and the Pahumara River in the Barpeta district are flowing above the danger level. Residents are worried about this because the state is already dealing with a flood-like situation that has affected thousands of people.

The administration and district officials who are on high alert asked residents to exercise cautious.

The current floods have reportedly affected 37,535 individuals in 13 districts around Assam, according to a report from the ASDMA that was published on Saturday.

According to ASDMA, 3,857 people in the Dibrugarh district, 3,631 people in the Biswanath district and 25,275 people in the Lakhimpur district alone have been impacted.

River Kopili is currently rising in the districts of Nagaon and Puthimari at the National Highway crossing in the district of Kamrup, according to the ASDMA.

Assam’s flood situation deteriorated as nonstop rain inundated new areas across 11 districts affecting more than 34,000 people.

According to the daily flood report published by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), the majority of rivers including the Brahmaputra are continuing their trend of rising water levels at various locations even though none are currently flowing above the danger threshold.

34,189 individuals including 14,675 women and 3,787 children are suffering as a result of the flood. As the rain persisted in the state on June 15, the number of persons impacted by the flood waters rose from around 29,000 in three districts.

Bishwanath, Darrang, Dhemaji, Dibrugarh, Lakhimpur, Tamulpur and Udalguri are among the affected districts.  Over 23,516 people live in Lakhimpur which is the area severely affected by the flooding followed by Dibrugarh (3,857), Darrang (2231), Bishwanath (2231) and Dhemaji (1,085).

There have been established eleven relief distribution stations, eight of them are in Lakhimpur and two in Udalguri.

According to the ASDMA, floods have had a negative impact on 77 villages overall and have devastated 209.67 hectares of cropland in Assam.

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