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Flash flood catches 40,000 unawares in Assam’s Sonitpur; one swept away

Many parts of Balipara and nearly three dozen villages in Chariduar were hit as thousands of people fled their homes due to the sudden rise in the water level of the Jorakhar river.

india Updated: Sep 10, 2017 13:35 IST
Utpal Parashar
Flood-affected people gather below a helicopter carrying relief materials in flooded areas of Sonitpur district of Assam. (Reuters file photo / Representational)
Flood-affected people gather below a helicopter carrying relief materials in flooded areas of Sonitpur district of Assam. (Reuters file photo / Representational)

Nearly 40,000 people in central Assam’s Sonitpur district were caught unawares in the early hours of Sunday when flash floods suddenly submerged their homes.

Thousands of people had to flee their homes leaving everything behind due to the sudden rise in the water level of the Jorakhar river. One person was washed away, officials said.

Many parts of Balipara town and nearly three dozen villages in Chariduar were affected and traffic movement on the national highway 15, which was inundated, remained closed for several hours.

“The water level in the river, which originates in Arunachal Pradesh, started rising suddenly around 3am. Several areas in Balipara and parts of NH-15 were under waist-deep water,” said Surjya Kamal Borah, circle officer of Chariduar.

Since there wasn’t heavy rainfall in the area, officials attributed the flash floods to possible landslides or damage to sluice gates in Arunachal Pradesh.

The area had witnessed similar flooding in June following a few hours of heavy rainfall and rise in water levels of the Mansiri and Jorakhar.