One killed as flash floods hit three Assam districts

May 28th, 2009 - 8:33 pm ICT by IANS  

Guwahati, May 28 (IANS) One person was killed and thousands were affected as flash floods, caused by the release of water from dam reservoirs in China and Bhutan, submerged low lying areas of three districts in Assam, officials said here Thursday.
“Even though there has been no major rainfall after Tuesday night, the water level of the Brahmaputra rose substantially at Dibrugarh in eastern Assam after China released water from their dam reservoirs,” said an official of the state revenue, relief and rehabilitation department.

Similarly, Beki river created havoc in Barpeta and Baksa districts in western Assam as Bhutan released water form its dam reservoirs.

“One person was reportedly killed and thousands took shelter in safer places as flash flood in Beki river created havoc in Barpeta and Baksa districts in western Assam,” the official added.

According to official reports available here, about 150 villages in Barpeta and Baksa districts have been inundated so far. Standing crops in about 200 hectares have been washed away by the flood water.

“The surface connectivity with the two districts has been badly hit as a number of wooden and bamboo bridges have been taken away by the waters and the concrete bridge over river Beki at Domnighat has also been damaged,” the official added.

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