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By NewsGram Staff-Writer

The flood situation in Assam has deteriorated again, affecting 4.64 lakh people in some major towns and more than 1,000 villages and causing widespread destruction on Monday.

The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said the situation was serious in Dhemaji, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts in eastern Assam, where more than 700 villages remained submerged for the last two days.
Most areas in Tinsukia and Dibrugarh towns also remained submerged due to flash floods since Sunday.

The ASDMA could not confirm reports that five people, including a child, were washed away by the flood waters.
A total of 662 villages are submerged in Dhemaji district. Around one lakh hectares of crop land are under water, adding that relief and rescue operations had been stepped up in all the affected areas.

While the Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger level in Dibrugarh, Jorhat and Dhubri, the Ranganodi river has breached the danger mark in parts of Lakhimpur district. Similarly, the Jia Bharali is flowing above the danger level at Sonitpur.

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Other rivers which have risen menacingly include Puthimari and Beki in lower Assam and the Kushiara in Karimganj district. Authorities in Tinsukia, Dhemaji, Lakhimpur and Dibrugarh have shut down educational institutions.

With the Brahmaputra’s level rising in Jorhat, the administration has closed the ferry service between Nematighat and the river island Majuli. The ASDMA said that roads and bridges had also been damaged in Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Tinsukia and Cachar.

With Inputs from IANS

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World Bank Approves $310 Million Loan for Sri Lanka to Reduce Flood Risks

Evidence suggests flood frequency will increase

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The World Bank said in a statement that the Climate Resilience Multi Phase Programmatic Approach project in the island was the first of a three-phase investment programme. Pixabay

 The World Bank has approved a $310 million loan for Sri Lanka to reduce and mitigate the flood risks in parts of the capital and improve weather forecasting as well as early warning systems across the island country, the media reported on Thursday.

The World Bank said in a statement that the Climate Resilience Multi Phase Programmatic Approach project in the island was the first of a three-phase investment programme totalling $774 million which will be implemented over eight years.

Evidence suggests flood frequency will increase and nearly 87 per cent of Sri Lankans are living in areas which are likely to experience extreme temperatures and rainfall that will impact their lives, the statement cited by Xinhua news agency said.

“This comprehensive climate resilience programme will reduce losses to people’s livelihoods and public assets while reducing shocks on the economy,” said Idah Z. Pswarayi-Riddihough, World Bank County Director for Nepal, Sri Lanka and Maldives.

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The World Bank has approved a $310 million loan for Sri Lanka to reduce and mitigate the flood risks in parts of the capital. Pixabay

“Compelling evidence has informed this long-term programme which will help the government build socially responsive infrastructure and communication systems to protect lives and assets,” she added.

The programme aligns with the government’s plans to ensure fiscal and physical resilience and reduce the vulnerability of Sri Lanka’s economy in the aftermath of the 2016 and 2017 floods.

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The new forecasting systems are expected to benefit the entire nation, including 3.5 million beneficiaries living in flood-prone areas in 25 river basins. (IANS)