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Central Water Commission sounds flood alert for Assam

The Central Water Commission (CWC) of Jal Shakti Ministry on Tuesday issued a flood alert for the Brahmaputra river in three districts of Assam.

The India Meteorological Department had earlier on Tuesday also warned of extremely heavy rainfall in Assam, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh.

Parts of Assam and neighboring states have been receiving heavy rains since the super cyclone Amphan weakened last week.

According to the Central Water Commission, a flood warning has been sounded in Jorhat, Sonitpur, and Baksa districts.

Mahesh Palawat of Skymet Weather, a private weather forecasting agency, said that the threat will loom over Assam till May 28. “South-westerly wind blowing from the Bay of Bengal is increasing the moisture content in the area due to it there is more rainfall. The rains will, however, decrease after two days.”

According to the data on the commission’s website, current water levels in Naematighat station in Jorhat stood at 85.89 meters, over 0.8 meters above the danger level. The highest flooding level in the area is 87.37 meters which was last achieved on July 11, 1991.

Similarly, in Sonitpur and Baksa districts, the water levels have crossed the danger mark and are set to touch the highest flooding levels.

Besides this, Beki road bridge station in Barpeta district recorded 44.7 meters water level, which is 0.6 meters above the warning level and 0.4 meters below the danger level.

Manas HS crossing station in the district recorded water levels at 48.36, 0.5 meters above the warning level and 0.1 meters below the danger level.

Water levels in the Dholabazar station of the Tinsukia district jumped to 127.33 meters, 0.9 below the danger level. In Dibrugarh, Hailakandi and Nalbari, the levels are also mounting to the danger levels.

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