New Delhi, Aug 12 (PTI) The flood situation in Assam

worsened today, with five deaths reported while flash floods

affected three districts in Tripura where at least 4,500

families were rendered homeless.

Mainly clear skies prevailed in the national capital with

the maximum temperature settling at 34.9 degrees Celsius.

The minimum temperature was pegged at 27.7 degrees

Celsius, a Met department official said.

The humidity level oscillated between 78 and 58 per cent.

According to a report by the Assam State Disaster

Management Authority (ASDMA), two persons died in Dhemaji and

one person each in Lakhimpur, Kokrajhar and Morigaon

districts.

With these, the total number of persons losing their

lives in this year’s flood-related incidents across Assam went

up to 89.

ASDMA said 11 lakh people were affected in Dhemaji,

Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Sonitpur, Baksa, Barpeta, Bongaigaon,

Chirang, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South Salmara, Morigaon, Golaghat,

Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar, Charaideo, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia

districts.

The ASDMA report said Dhubri was the worst-affected where

1.92 lakh people were hit, followed by Dhemaji where 1.51 lakh

people have been affected by the calamity.

Currently 1,752 villages were under water and over one

lakh hectare crop area have been damaged, ASDMA said.

The flood has damaged embankments, roads, bridges and

other infrastructures in Dhemaji, Darrang, Chirang, Kokrajhar,

Bongaigaon, Charaideo, Dhubri, Tinsukia, Sivasagar, Majuli,

Sonitpur, Lakhimpur, Barpeta, Baksa, Dima Hasao, Golaghat and

Morigaon districts.

Three districts of Tripura were affected by flash floods

due to incessant rains and at least 4,500 families were

rendered homeless, official sources said.

More than 2,000 families were forced to take refuge in

different government buildings as large part of the state

capital and its low lying outskirts were inundated, state

Revenue Minister Badal Chowdhury, who along with District

Magistrate of West Tripura district, Milind Ramteke visited

the affected areas said.

Chowdhury said the water was flowing above the danger

level in Howrah river.

District Magistrate of Sipahijala Pradip Chakraborty said

that at least 2,500 families were affected due to flood in the

district and were sheltered in 60 relief camps opened in the

government buildings.

Chowdhury said many parts of Khowai district were also

inundated and many people were rendered homeless.

Director of Meteorological department Dilip Saha said

the regional weather station here recorded 116.55 mm of rains.

Very heavy rains continued to lash the sub-Himalayan

districts of West Bengal with many places receiving extremely

heavy precipitation leading to a deluge, the Met department

said.

The highest rainfall in the state was recorded at

Hasimara in Alipurduar district at 480 mm, it said.

The West Bengal government said it was tackling on war

footing the flood in north Bengal, where it has impacted five

districts and inundated about 100 tea gardens.

“We have already opened control rooms and I am personally

involved in monitoring and management. The state is working on

a war-footing to tackle the flood situation in the region

which is facing heavy rainfall,” state irrigation minister

Rajib Banerjee told PTI.

“Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is monitoring the

situation. All steps are being taken, including sending of

relief materials,” he said.

Coochbehar, North Dinajpur, Alipurduar, Jalpaiguri and

Darjeeling are the five districts which have been affected by

the flood.

About 100 tea gardens were reported to be affected across

north Bengal in the flood and it was apprehended that tea

production in the region would be less.

Light to moderate and heavy to heavy rainfall occurred in

most places of north east, north central and north west parts

of Bihar, Met office said.

As per Met bulletin, Purnea registered 108.8 mm rainfall

among four major cities during the day.

In Himachal Pradesh, moderate rains occurred in some

parts as monsoon remained subdued and there was no significant

change in maximum and minimum temperatures.

Aghar was wettest in the state with 42 mm rains.

The maximum temperatures hovered around normal at most

places in Punjab and Haryana.

Union Territory Chandigarh recorded a maximum temperature

of 33 degrees Celsius.

In Haryana, Ambala recorded a maximum of 34.3 degrees

Celsius.

In Punjab, Amritsar recorded a high of 36 degrees

Celsius.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.