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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.

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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.

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The hardware manufacturers are iBall, Sirena Technologies, boAt and MyBox who have integrated Alexa into their products with the Alexa Voice Service (AVS) which enables developers to integrate Alexa directly into their products, bringing the convenience of voice control to any connected device.

All four devices will be available beginning next month, enabling customers to ask questions, play music, control smart home devices and more, the AVS said in a statement.

“Breathe-M” from iBall is a wireless Bluetooth over-ear headset with built-in Mic for just Rs 2,225 while “Vood” by Sirena Technologies is touted as one of the world’s smallest portable smart speakers for Rs 2,699.

“boAt Stone 700A” is a shock and water proof smart speaker for Rs 7,999 and “MyBox” Alexa Kit for the set-top box (STB), paired with a voice remote, costs just Rs 1,999.

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Amazon last month launched a new line-up of Echo devices and an Echo companion device in India.

At Rs 4,499, Echo Dot comes with a new speaker for crisper sound and an updated fabric design.

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Echo Plus with a built-in Zigbee hub, an upgraded speaker and a new design will cost Rs 14,999.

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Echo Dot and Echo Plus will start shipping this month while Echo Sub will be available later this year. (IANS)