Heavy rain lashes Assam for third day in row; two children die in landslide | India News

GUWAHATI: Assam Heavy rains continued for a third day in a row, with two more deaths reported from landslides on Wednesday, and the flood situation worsening, officials said. said.
Two children were crushed to death when a landslide led to the collapse of a house in Azad Nagar area, Goalpara district, bringing the number of people affected by floods and landslides in Assam this year to 44.
The two children who died were identified as 11 years old Hussain Ali and eight-year-old Asma Khatoon.
In Guwahati, three people were injured in the Noonmati area due to multiple landslides reported across the city during the day.
In some areas, including Joypur in Kharguli area, Bonda ColonySouth Sarania, Amayapur in Geetanagar and 12 Mile, debris piled up leading to road blockade.
Officials said work was underway to clear the road leading to Nizarapar, where Bharat Ratna Dr. Bhupen Hazarika’s residence is located.
Torrential rain also damaged two power poles near Raj Bhavan here.
At least 18 counties in the state are still experiencing heavy showers, with inundation of fresh areas reported from Kamrup Metro, Kamrup, Nalbari and Barpeta.
Nearly 75,000 people have been affected by floods in 18 districts.
Water levels in the Brahmaputra River and its tributaries are rising, while the Manas River has flowed above dangerous levels in some places.
Life has come to a standstill in Guwahati as most areas continue to be flooded for the third day in a row with areas like Anil Nagar, Nabin Nagae, Zoo Road, Six Mile, Noonmati, Bhootnath, Maligaon among them the hardest hit places.
Authorities have advised people not to venture out of their homes unless absolutely necessary.
Deputy commissioners in Lower Assam counties have also issued directives for educational institutions to suspend classes until Saturday due to the Regional Meteorological Center warning of ‘heavy to very heavy and extreme rainfall large in Assam and Meghalaya‘.
The center has issued a ‘red alert’ for Assam and Meghalaya from Tuesday to Thursday and an ‘orange alert’ on Friday and Saturday.
The district government has opened seven camps and nine relief distribution centers to support local people. A total of 1,224 people have taken shelter in relief camps – 677 people in Kamrup Metropolitan alone
According to a bulletin released by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), 13 embankments have been broken so far, 64 roads and one bridge have been damaged by heavy rains.

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