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GUWAHATI, Aug 31 - The overall flood situation in Assam is still grim due to incessant and heavy rains since August 28 last in the upper catchment areas of Bhutan, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam. The water level of all the rivers flowing through the districts of Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Tinsukia, Baksa, Nalbari and Dibrugarh districts of Brahmaputra Valley and the rivers flowing through the Barak Valley districts are also rising.

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today held a high-level meeting at his Secretariat�s Conference Room here to review the overall flood situation.

The Brahmaputra and its tributaries, namely Buridehing, Noa-Dehing, Gainadi, Jiadhal, among others, are also rising, said an official press release here this evening. On the other hand, in the Barak Valley, the Barak also started rising since August 28 and its tributaries, namely Sonai and Rukni are also in spate.

The floodwaters of the Barak and its tributaries inundated several areas, including Eicherpar, Amjurghat, Rokarpar, Nutan Ramnagar, Madhurbond and Punirmukh Roypur, among others. Other rivers of the Valley-Kuchiyara and Katakhal are also in spate and sloughing and seepage was observed in major embankments of the rivers of the Valley�s districts, said the official press release.

At the high level flood review meeting, the Chief Minister took stock of the overall flood situation of the State. Minister Water Resources was also present in the meeting. The Minister Water Resources apprised the Chief Minister of the havoc created by the current wave of flood in the State.

In Nalbari district, due to heavy rainfall in the catchment areas of the neighbouring Bhutan, the water level of river Mora-Pagladia increased and it led to two breaches in its embankments in its right bank, while the floodwaters of the Nona also caused a breach in its left bank embankment.

In Barpeta district, due to incessant rainfall in the catchment areas of neighbouring Bhutan and in Assam, water level of river Beki crossed its danger level on August 30 and it is causing erosion at Bordanga area. Also the floodwaters of the Pohumara have entered the countryside through the opening of a breach, which occurred on August 20 at Nowkuchi area.

In Dibrugarh district, continous and incessant rains, since August 28, have inundated major parts of Dibrugarh town, its roads and low lying areas. The recorded rainfall over Dibrugarh on August 30 was 160.82mm, said the press release.

In Dhemaji district, due to incessant and continuous rainfall in the catchment areas of neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh and in Assam, the water level of all the rivers having its source in the foot hills of Arunachal Pradesh, started rising since August 27. The rising water level of these rivers affected Dhemaji district. Approach road of Miri Noi bridge on NH 52 was washed away on August 29 by the flood waters of Miri Noi, which disrupted road communication. Again on August 30, approach of Pukia RCC bridge on NH 52 was also washed away, the press release said.

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State flood situation turns critical

GUWAHATI, Aug 31 - The overall flood situation in Assam is still grim due to incessant and heavy rains since August 28 last in the upper catchment areas of Bhutan, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam. The water level of all the rivers flowing through the districts of Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Tinsukia, Baksa, Nalbari and Dibrugarh districts of Brahmaputra Valley and the rivers flowing through the Barak Valley districts are also rising.

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today held a high-level meeting at his Secretariat�s Conference Room here to review the overall flood situation.

The Brahmaputra and its tributaries, namely Buridehing, Noa-Dehing, Gainadi, Jiadhal, among others, are also rising, said an official press release here this evening. On the other hand, in the Barak Valley, the Barak also started rising since August 28 and its tributaries, namely Sonai and Rukni are also in spate.

The floodwaters of the Barak and its tributaries inundated several areas, including Eicherpar, Amjurghat, Rokarpar, Nutan Ramnagar, Madhurbond and Punirmukh Roypur, among others. Other rivers of the Valley-Kuchiyara and Katakhal are also in spate and sloughing and seepage was observed in major embankments of the rivers of the Valley�s districts, said the official press release.

At the high level flood review meeting, the Chief Minister took stock of the overall flood situation of the State. Minister Water Resources was also present in the meeting. The Minister Water Resources apprised the Chief Minister of the havoc created by the current wave of flood in the State.

In Nalbari district, due to heavy rainfall in the catchment areas of the neighbouring Bhutan, the water level of river Mora-Pagladia increased and it led to two breaches in its embankments in its right bank, while the floodwaters of the Nona also caused a breach in its left bank embankment.

In Barpeta district, due to incessant rainfall in the catchment areas of neighbouring Bhutan and in Assam, water level of river Beki crossed its danger level on August 30 and it is causing erosion at Bordanga area. Also the floodwaters of the Pohumara have entered the countryside through the opening of a breach, which occurred on August 20 at Nowkuchi area.

In Dibrugarh district, continous and incessant rains, since August 28, have inundated major parts of Dibrugarh town, its roads and low lying areas. The recorded rainfall over Dibrugarh on August 30 was 160.82mm, said the press release.

In Dhemaji district, due to incessant and continuous rainfall in the catchment areas of neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh and in Assam, the water level of all the rivers having its source in the foot hills of Arunachal Pradesh, started rising since August 27. The rising water level of these rivers affected Dhemaji district. Approach road of Miri Noi bridge on NH 52 was washed away on August 29 by the flood waters of Miri Noi, which disrupted road communication. Again on August 30, approach of Pukia RCC bridge on NH 52 was also washed away, the press release said.

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