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Water level of Brahmaputra recedes

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, July 29 - Water level of the Brahmaputra river along the city has receded a bit since yesterday but the administration is keeping a close watch over the situation.

The Brahmaputra continues to be above the danger mark of 49.68 metre along Guwahati and the threat to low-lying areas in the city still exists.

Water level of the Brahmaputra along Guwahati was 50.15 metre at 4 pm today and receding, officials said. It was 50.51 metre yesterday evening and 50.24 metre at 9 am today.

�So the water level is going down and we are hoping for the best. If there is no heavy rainfall in the upstream areas, then we can expect the decreasing trend to continue. However, the situation may again turn bad if there are heavy showers in Upper or Central Assam or even in the city tomorrow or thereafter,� said an official.

Altogether 21,148 persons residing in 52 villages of the five revenue circles of the Kamrup Metro district have been affected by flood.

�Adequate relief materials including rice, dal and other essential items have been supplied to the flood affected. Camps have been set up in the Azara and Sonapur circles,� he said.

Dr M Angamuthu, Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup Metro visited Umananda Temple today to take stock of the situation on account of the ongoing heavy floods.

He was accompanied by officials of the River Police, NDRF and SDRF and made the trip on a rubber boat. The island had been cut off from the mainland since a week due to suspension of boat and ferry services.

Dr Angamuthu interacted with the priests of the temple. He also directed provision of adequate food materials for the simians present in the island and asked the Forest department to send a team of veterinarians to conduct their health check up.

Many places on the outskirts of the city in Chandrapur and Panikhaiti are still under water. Agricultural fields, schools and clubs, along with residences of people, continue to be submerged.

Water level is also very high along the railway track in Panikhaiti but there is no immediate threat to the line.

Many villagers in those localities have taken shelter at the State Highway linking Guwahati to Morigaon. Relief supplies are being distributed among the affected people.

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