Rising Brahmaputra Posing Big Challenge to State Amid COVID-19 Crisis
GUWAHATI: While over 30,000 people have been currently affected in Assam due to the after-effects of cyclone Amphan, with the monsoon around the corner, the water level of Brahmaputra River has also begun to rise at a rapid pace.
According to the Central Water Commission, water level of the river had risen by 2 cms every hour on May 25 signalling towards a big challenge for the state amid already rising cases of coronavirus positive cases.
The Jia Bharali River at Sonitpur and Puthimari River in Kamrup were also seen flowing above the danger mark.
Approximately 127 villages have been affected in Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Dibrugarh, Darrang and Goalpara districts of Assam. Close to 579 hectares of crop land is already under flood water due to the torrential rains over the last few days.
The state government, fearing difficulties in the flood season, has suggested that people stranded outside return home before 10th June so that the state can focus on flood relief due to the approaching monsoons.
The Assam State Disaster Management Authority has set up 33 relief camps in the Goalpara district providing shelter to close to 9,000 people so far.
For Guwahati city, the Regional Met Department had predicted a generally cloudy sky with moderate rain over the next 3 days with the possibility of rain and thunderstorms towards the end of this week.
Exceptionally heavy rain is expected in Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh too.