Guwahati: Assam eyes at another wave of flood over the weekend, with heavy rainfall in the upper streams of Brahmaputra River mainly in Arunachal Pradesh.
Several parts of Assam are set to be lashed with heavy rains yet again. In view of these predicted conditions, the state remains under a red warning on Saturday and Sunday.
As per the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the westerly winds from the monsoon trough and the humid easterly winds blowing in from the Bay of Bengal have been converging over east and northeast India, thereby giving rise to unstable weather conditions over the region.
It added that the instability is set to cause widespread monsoon showers across that part of the country, with Assam particularly likely to witness extremely heavy falls on Saturday, July 11.
The IMD has placed a red warning over the state this weekend, instructing the authorities to “take action” and protect themselves from the rough weather conditions.
Already, the water level of Brahmaputra has been seen rising rapidly during the last 24 hours. On Friday too, heavy showers were observed at most places.
On Friday night, the swelling river water of Brahmaputra spilt over the old embankment of Dibrugarh town this evening putting the life and property of old Mohanaghat area in danger. The overflowed river water on the back Mohanaghat had inundated the whole area.
More than 80 families affected so far.
As per the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), till Friday morning 3,53,467 people of 35 revenue circles of 15 districts remained flood affected and counting.
So far, 40 people have drowned in floodwaters in the state this year.
Owing to the possibility of heavy rainfall, the IMD’s regional met centre in Guwahati has placed a red warning over the districts of Dhubri, South Salmara Mankachar, Goalpara, Kokrajhar, Chirang, Baksa, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, and Karbi Anglong on Saturday.
Since the beginning of June, Assam has recorded nearly excess rainfall worth 686 mm, which is 18% more than its long-term average of 580 mm for the period between June 1 and July 10.
Due to the heavy rain in Arunachal Pradesh, at least eight persons including a minor were killed in two separate incidents of landslides on Friday too.