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One killed in Assam floods, nearly 2 lakh people affected



Assam Flood

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.


Indonesia volcano erupts, forces evacuation



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Jakarta, May 11: Indonesia’s Mount Merapi erupted on Friday spewing 5,500-metre high column of volcanic ash, forcing residents to evacuate.

The volcano situated in the borders of Klaten, Magelang and Boyolali districts erupted at 7.30 a.m., Xinhua news agency quoted national disaster management agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho as saying.

Volcanic ash rain has occurred in Tugu Kaliurang and is forecast to persist in the south of the crater, he said.

To prevent the risks especially, the local officials have distributed masks, Sutopo added.

“Local disaster agency has instructed the villagers living in the radius 5 km from the crater to evacuate immediately,” he told Xinhua.

A 3 km no-go zone has been declared by the volcanology agency.

Mount Merapi is an active stratovolcano and has regularly erupted since 1948.

It is located about 28 km north of Yogyakarta city which has a population of 2.4 million and thousands of people live on the flanks of the volcano.

Pyrolastic flow from a large explosion killed 27 people on November 1994, and another large eruption occurred in 2006. Mount Merapi is one of Indonesias 129 active volcanoes.


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Earthquake tremors felt in Jammu and Kashmir




Srinagar, May 9: A ‘moderate’ earthquake hit Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday sending people running out of buildings in panic.

“A moderate intensity earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale occurred in Jammu and Kashmir at 4.11 p.m.,” Sonam Lotus, director of the local Met department told IANS.

“The epicentre of the tremor was in Afghanistan-Tajakistan region. Its latitude was 36.9 degrees north while its longitude was 71.3 degrees east. Its depth was 96 km,” he added.

Tremors were felt in both the Valley and the Jammu region. At several places, people rushed out of homes, offices and other workplaces in panic.

However, no reports of any casualty or damage to property have been received so far.


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5.1 magnitude earthquake hits Pakistan, Afghanistan



New Delhi, May 9: A moderate 5.1 magnitude earthquake hit Pakistan and Afghanistan on Wednesday. 

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