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10 dead in flash floods, landslides in Assam

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Incessant rains in Assam and Meghalaya since Sunday morning have triggered flash floods in Assam, leaving 10 people dead. Over eight lakh people have been affected by the rains.

With the situation in the districts of Goalpara and Dhubri being especially dire, Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi has directed the administration to step up rescue and rehabilitation efforts.

Deputy commissioner of Goalpara district, Pritam Saikia said that the tributaries of the Brahmaputra, originating from the hills in Meghalaya and passing through the district, have started overflowing since Monday.

“Water levels have been rising and much of the district is inundated. Teams from the state disaster response force and national disaster response force (NDRF) have been deployed to help those marooned. We have also sought help from the Army,” said Saikia.

The southern district of Kamrup, under which the city of Guwahati falls, has also been badly affected and the administration has opened two relief camps to help those affected.

“In view of the flood situation, we have asked all educational institutes to remain closed. A NDRF team have been deployed to rescue marooned people in Anil Nagar and Nabin Nagar area”, said M Angamoothu, deputy commissioner of Kamrup Metro district.

The Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) here predicted more rains in next 48 hours in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya.

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