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Flood fury taking grim turn

People moving to highland at Naryanpur, Lakhimpur on Monday. Photo by UB Photos.

Assam flood scene turns grim with more and more areas coming under the surging waters of the Brahmaputra and its tributaries on Tuesday. The raising trend in the water level suggests a further deteriorating picture during the next few hours. 

The situation in Nagaon district is still grim after the mighty Brahmaputra breached a portion of an embankment near Jakhalabandha leaving a huge volume of waters to the river Kolong that flows across the town. 

IAF starts air dropping of relief materials from Monday in the inaccessable areas where many people have been remaining trapped in the current flood wave. NDRF and SDRF have been deployed in rescue operation in the worst hit areas. 

The worst hit districts Nagaon, Kokrajhar, Barpeta, Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Sivasagar, Jorhat, Golaghat, Morigaon, Sonitpur, Biswanath, Goalpara, Tinsukia, Dibrugarh where the government has set up as many as 755 relief camps. 

Normal surface communication remains cut off in the flood hit areas. Train services in the entire north eastern region remains unmoved for third consecutive day on Tuesday. 

The Assam government is cutting short the Independence Day programme and the authorities in the district and sub divisional headquarters have been asked to stop the programme at 11 in the morning.

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