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One killed in Assam floods, nearly 2 lakh people affected

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Guwahati, July 17 : One person was killed due to floods in Assam on Sunday even as close to two lakh people were affected in seven districts of the state, officials said on Sunday.

One person died due to floods at Narayanpur in Lakhimpur district after he was washed away by the surging waters, said an official of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority, adding that 1,76,951 people are marooned in the affected districts.

The civil administration in the affected districts which include Golaghat, Morigaon, Jorhat, Dhemaji, Biswanath and Sivsagar have opened 25 relief camps to house over 4,000 people, the official said, adding that the floods have also inundated over 200 villages over 13,000 hectares of cropland.

The condition remains grim in Lakhimpur, Golaghat, Dhemaji and Jorhat districts, the officials said.

The flood waters have breached several embankments in different districts submerging villages and partially snapping road communication in different districts.

The Central Water Commission said that Brahmaputra river is flowing above danger level in Neematighat in Jorhat while the Dikhow river is flowing above danger level in Sivsagar. Similarly Dhansiri river is flowing above danger level at Numaligarh in Golaghat.

The Assam government had asked all the flood-affected districts’ administration to make available food materials to the marooned people and to carry out rescue operations wherever necessary to evacuate the affected people.

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Quake of 4.7 magnitude hits Meghalaya

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Shillong, Dec 11 : A moderate intensity quake measuring 4.7 on the Richter Scale today shook Meghalaya but there was no report of any casualty.

Officials at the Regional Seismological Centre here said the epicentre was at a depth of 60 km in remote East Garo Hills district.

The quake, that lasted for a few seconds, occurred at around 9.05 am.

Meghalaya and the seven other north eastern states fall in Zone 5 of the country’s earthquake zoning map.

According to the zoning map, Zone 5 is associated with the highest level of seismicity.

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Earthquake hits Uttarakhand, tremors felt in Delhi-NCR

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NEW DELHI: A magnitude 5.5 earthquake jolted people in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) on Wednesday night.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said the moderate intensity quake originated in Uttarakhand’s Rudraprayag district at a depth of 30 kilometres.

Earlier, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said the epicenter of the quake was located 121 km east of Dehradun in Uttarakhand.

Tremors were also felt in different parts of the country.

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Quake jolts area near North Korea n-test site

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Pyongyang, Dec 2 : An earthquake measuring 2.5 on the Richter scale on Saturday rocked North Korea’s Kilju county, close to the site where Pyongyang recently conducted a nuclear test.

The tremor occurred at 7.45 a.m., with an epicentre 2.7 km away from the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site located in North Hamgyong province, reports Efe news.

The Seoul-based Korea Meteorological Administration said the quake was natural in origin, however, since the latest North Korean nuclear test on September 3, several tremors measuring up to 3.0 on the Richter scale have shaken the area.

Since 2006, North Korea has carried out six nuclear tests at the site, with the last three taking place in 2016 and 2017.

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