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A scene of flood-hit Kobuchapori Island on Wednesday- Image - Northeast Now

Normal life in Dhemaji district of north Assam and adjoining Siang valley of Arunachal Pradesh has been paralysed due to heavy rains for the last five days.

The autumn rainfall is causing inconvenience to the commuters, wage earners and business communities of the region, while it is adversely affecting on the vegetable cultivation.

The autumn rains, which turned torrential on Sunday, dampened the spirit of Solung festivities in Adi belt of Arunachal Pradesh.

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Heavy downpour in the upper reaches of Arunachal hill sites for the days is causing overflow of rivers in downstream areas and created flash flood.

The surging waters of New Siang and Lali rivers entered new pockets of Kobuchapori island under Jonai revenue and flooded Part-1, 3 and 4 thereby affecting 158 families.

The Jonai Sub-divisional administration is dealing with the flood situation and providing relief materials to the affected people.

India Meteorological Department (IMD) on September 7 last predicted heavy rainfall over northeastern States for 4-5 days. As such, scattered to fairly widespread rainfall activity has been observed in the region for the last few days.

However, plenty of downpour during the month of September is an abnormal phenomenon in the region which the people didn’t witness for the last few years.

Dhemaji district and Siang districts of bordering Arunachal Pradesh witnessed a drought-like situation this summer due to scanty railfall, which adversely affected wet cultivation in the rice bowls.

The farmers were keeping their finger crossed and staring at the skies for monsoon rail till last part of August this year.

The contrasting weather baffles experts as well as the laymen as it may create food crisis in the area.

The Water Resources division in Dhemaji recorded 640.70 and 1003.50 mm rainfall in the months of June and July this year respectively, while it recorded only eight rain days during August this year.

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