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With nearly 300,000 people affected in the current round of floods in Assam, the centre on Thursday sought a report from the state government on the situation before providing assistance.

Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, Sarbananda Sonowal, met union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh, in New delhi on Thursday and apprised him of the flood situation in the state.2015-08-20_2343

“I have written to the chief minister (of Assam, Tarun Gogoi) asking for a report on the flood situation in the state,” Sonowal told reporters here, adding: “Once the Assam government’s report is received, the central government will provide assistance to the state.”

According to the latest flood report released on Thursday by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), 296,929 people in 611 villages in the state have been affected in the current floods.

Till now, 13 districts have been hit – Dhemaji, Kokrajhar, Lakhimpur, Chirang, Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Bongaigaon, Sivasagar, Nalbari, Sonitpur, Barpeta, Jorhat and Goalpara.

The authorities have opened 124 relief camps in Kokrajhar, Chirang, Bongaigaon and Dibrugarh where nearly 84,800 people are taking shelter.

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While the Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger level in Jorhat and Dibrugarh districts, the Jia Bharali has crossed the danger mark in Sonitpur, the Puthimari in Kamrup, and the Beki in Barpeta.

Meanwhile, referring to the Louis Berger kickbacks scam, Sonowal said that the people of Assam would not be satisfied with the inquiry ordered by Chief Minister Gogoi.

Former Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma was holding the Guwahati development department portfolio when Louis Berger was selected as consultant for the Guwahati water supply project, being implemented by the Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority with funds received from the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

The scam came to the fore after the US Department of Justice found Louis Berger guilty of paying bribes to Indian officials, including ministers, for water supply projects in Goa and Guwahati.

(IANS)

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Researchers Develop Novel Statistical Method to Predict Floods and its Duration

It is also possible to predict how long the duration of flooding and inundation will be, they said

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In shorter duration floods, however, this land-atmospheric coupling is negligible thus explaining why not all storms result in widespread flooding. Pixabay

Researchers have developed a novel statistical model for prediction of floods and its duration. It also accurately determines the timescale of flooding. “It is possible to predict the duration of floods by coupling atmospheric dynamics and land surface conditions in the watershed,” said study researcher Nasser Najibi from the City College of New York.

For the study published in the journal Nature Research, researchers analysed data from the Missouri river basin from the last 50 years to develop the Bayesian network statistical model.

The research team found that long duration floods first require high flow conditions in rivers created by recurrent high-intensity rainfall events, which is then followed by a large stable long-lived low-pressure system — a storm cell. These conditions may then result in large-scale devastating floods.

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It is also possible to predict how long the duration of flooding and inundation will be, they said. VOA

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In shorter duration, however, this land-atmospheric coupling is negligible thus explaining why not all storms result in widespread flooding.

The researchers said that with the help of this statistical model, potential risk imposed by longer duration floods on critical infrastructure systems such as flood control dams, bridges and power plants can be mitigated. It is also possible to predict how long the duration of flooding and inundation will be, they said. (IANS)