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Due to heavy rainfall in Barak river basin, Central Water Commission warns Assam districts of impending floods

Earlier in the month of July, the flooding affected 1.8 million people in Assam and flooded the Kaziranga National Park

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NEW DELHI, September 2, 2016: In view of heavy rainfall in Barak river basin in Assam, the Central Water Commission (CWC) on today warned its citizens of the possibility of impending floods and advised three districts to take precautionary measures.

In an advisory, the CWC said the Barak river is expected to flow in “moderate to high flood situation” in the state of Assam and neighboring Meghalaya and Manipur over the next few days.

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“In view of heavy to very heavy rainfall in the state of Assam and adjoining Meghalaya and Manipur in Barak Basin, (water level in) river Barak and its tributaries is rising in Assam which is affecting (its) districts of Cachar, Hailakhandi and Karimgunj,” Union Water Resources Ministry said in a statement here.

“The rivers Barak, Katakhal and Kushiyara are expected to flow in moderate to high flood situation in the next two to three days. District administrations have been advised to take all precautionary measures,” the advisory said.

Earlier in July-August, Brahmaputra’s tributary Dhansiri flowed above the danger mark at Numaligarh in Golaghat district in upper Assam.

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Among the affected eight districts, Jorhat was the worst-hit with over 25,000 people impacted till early August, followed by Dhubri and Barpeta districts. At least 65,000 people were affected by the flood. (IANS)

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  • Kabir Chaudhary

    This year the monsoon have caused a havoc in all of India. Hope everyone recovers from what they lost in It especially the north-eastern states of Assam and Tripura.

  • Arya Sharan

    The floods have already been a big cause of destruction in the North Eastern states so it is good to see that precautionary measures are being taken.

  • Kabir Chaudhary

    This year the monsoon have caused a havoc in all of India. Hope everyone recovers from what they lost in It especially the north-eastern states of Assam and Tripura.

  • Arya Sharan

    The floods have already been a big cause of destruction in the North Eastern states so it is good to see that precautionary measures are being taken.

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India successfully test fires n-capable Agni-V ballistic missile

The missile was earlier tested successfully in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016.

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  • India successfully tests the Agni-V ballistic missile on Thursday
  • This was the fifth test that missile underwent
  • With this success, India is now in ranks with US, UK, China and Russia

India on Thursday successfully tests fired its indigenously developed intercontinental surface-to-surface nuclear-capable ballistic missile Agni-V — the most potent and with the longest range in the Agni series – that can reach targets as far as Beijing.

The test took place at the Abdul Kalam Island facility off the Odisha coast. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman tweeted about its success, congratulating its makers DRDO, the armed forces and the defence industry.

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India has many high tech and powerful missiles to its name. Wikimedia Commons
India has many high tech and powerful missiles to its name. Wikimedia Commons

She said the successful test of the 5,000-km-range missile that can carry a one-tonne warhead, was “a major boost to the defence capabilities of our country”.

“The Made in India canistered missile, having three stages of propulsion, was successfully test fired,” she tweeted.

Developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the Agni-V is the most advanced version of the Agni series, part of the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme that started in the 1960s.

The missile was earlier tested successfully in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016.

This was the fifth test of the missile and likely to be its first user trial, though there was no official word on it.

India is developing new technologies everyday to strengthen its defence.
India is developing new technologies every day to strengthen its defence.

Thursday’s test brings the missile closer to its induction in the tri-service Strategic Forces Command.

The missile has a much longer shelf life, with its container being made of special steel that absorbs the blast of the takeoff.

In the canisterised launch, a gas generator inside ejects the missile up to a height of about 30 metres. A motor is then ignited to fire the missile.

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With this missile, India joins the super-exclusive club of ICBM (missiles with a range of over 5,000-5,500 km) capable countries of the US, Russia, the UK, France and China. IANS