Cyclone Remal: Assam Put On High Alert, Precautionary Measures Initiated

Authorities have issued a 'red alert' for extremely heavy rainfall in seven districts of Assam and an 'orange alert' in 11 districts.

GUWAHATI:    As cyclone ‘Remal’ is expected to move towards the state of Assam after hitting West Bengal and neighbouring Bangladesh on May 26, Assam and other northeastern states is likely to experience intense rainfall on May 27 and 28, said Indian Meteorological Department.

Authorities have issued a ‘red alert’ for extremely heavy rainfall in seven districts of Assam and an ‘orange alert’ in 11 districts. The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) has alerted residents and authorities and has urged them to take precautionary measures so as to mitigate the consequences of this deadly storm.

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A ‘red alert’ has been issued for the districts of Chirang, Goalpara, Baksa, Dima Hasao, Cachar, Hailakandi, and Karimganj while an ‘orange alert’ is in place for Dhubri, South Salmara, Bongaigaon, Bajali, Tamulpur, Barpeta, Nalbari, Morigaon, Nagaon, Hojai, and West Karbi Anglong.

Meanwhile, the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) has ensured the desiltation of major river channels like Bharalu, Bahini, Basistha, Mora Bharalu and Lakhimijan along with other major drains.

The mobilization of Super sucker machines and pumps with additional manpower has also been carried out.

Moreover, the GMC is closely monitoring the areas which are susceptible to waterlogging and which have had a track record of it in the past.

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An official release stated that anticipatory evacuation of vulnerable populations from landslide-prone areas in Guwahati, Kamrup, Dima Hasao, Cachar, Karimganj, Hailakandi, Karbi Anglong and West Karbi Anglong districts may also be considered.

Meanwhile, the public has been advised to take precautionary measures, such as avoiding vulnerable structures, staying away from waterlogged areas, seeking shelter during storms, stocking up on essentials, and contacting authorities in emergencies.


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