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Flood situation in Assam is very grim

June 20 (IANS)
Army and paramilitary troops have been put on standby in Assam as flash floods triggered by monsoon rains have displaced thousands of people. 'The overall flood situation is grim with all the rivers and their tributaries in full spate. We have asked the army and other security and civil agencies to be on standby to rescue marooned villagers as and when required." More than 20,000 people were displaced overnight in parts of eastern and southern Assam. 'About 170,000 people from 200 villages have been hit by the floods so far in five districts with a total land area of 7,000 hectares affected in the first wave of floods that began last week.' The Brahmaputra river is flowing above the danger level in at least 12 places in Assam, and still rising. The 2,906 km long Brahmaputra is one of Asia's largest rivers that traverses its first stretch of 1,625 km in China's Tibet region, the next 918 km in India and the remaining 363 km through neighbouring Bangladesh before converging with the Bay of Bengal. Every year, floods leave a trail of destruction, washing away villages, submerging paddy fields and drowning livestock, besides causing loss of human life and property. The monsoon was scattered in Assam last year thereby sparing millions of people from the ravaging floods.

Torrential Rains/ Floods

AUSTRALIA - Camden has already experienced its WETTEST JUNE IN 16 YEARS with 185.6 millimetres of rain recorded up to Monday, with more rain expected in the next week. 186.2mm of rain fell on Camden in June 1975. "This is a huge turnaround from June last year when only 50.6mm of rain was recorded in Camden for the entire month of June. In fact Camden could well be on target to record its highest annual rainfall in more than seven years with the total for the year to date already at 593mm and we are not even halfway through the year. The highest annual rainfall recorded in Camden over the past seven years was 669mm in 2005." Camden also experienced its COLDEST DAILY MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE in seven years last Thursday when the thermometer hit a daily high of 12.4 degrees. It dropped to minus 0.6 degrees at the day's coldest point.

Another 19 millimetres of rain has fallen across Mount Isa, in north-west Queensland, in the past 24 hours, bringing the RECORD TOTAL FOR THE MONTH to more than 100mm. The temperature has also plummeted to its LOWEST LEVEL IN 42 YEARS. Photo Above: Bridge closed: Macquarie Grove Bridge was littered with debris after it was flooded when the Nepean River rose more than 4.9 metres above normal levels on the weekend. The bridge was under more than a metre of water at one stage, and closed to traffic from Saturday to Sunday morning.

MALDIVES - Flooding has struck every inhabited island in the country’s northern-most atoll of Haa Alif, and several other islands in the north of the country. No loss of life or serious injury has been report but homes on several islands have been flooded out. Didhoo, the capital of Haa Aliff, is worst effected with at least seven homes flooded and two still submerged. Several people have been made homeless and the island’s water supply has been salinated. In Kulhudhuffushi, the capital of Haa Daal a large section of the harbour has been washed away. Flooding was first reported on Monday and intensified on Tuesday. The Maldives has been battered by wind and rain for over a week and there was no sign of improvement in the weather. Flood waters were reported in every inhabited island in Haa Alif on Monday. On Tuesday flooding was also confirmed in several Haa Daal islands. Miadhu reports over thirty islands have been effected, with flooding also reported in Raa and Shaviyani. Last month up to a hundred islands were flooded, mainly in the south, and the country is still assessing damage from those floods. Unlike in the May floods, this time resorts have been effected too. The flooding is not yet on the scale of early May, which was the worst flooding in the country’s history apart from the 2004 tsunami. But the situation could yet get worse. The MET Office is unable to provide medium or long range forecasts, but they say conditions will not improve for the next twenty four hours.

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