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Heavy rain may trigger unprecedented flooding in India

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Staff Writer | August 11, 2017
Heavy rain has once again targeted northeastern India, forcing the evacuations of more than 13,000 people and threatening to trigger unprecedented river flooding.
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Weather   Frequent downpours will continue
Frequent downpours will continue to target communities from northeastern Uttar Pradesh to Assam, Nagaland and Manipur this weekend.

Neighboring parts of Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar and Bangladesh will also be inundated.

The potential exists for some communities to receive 75-125 mm (3-5 inches) of torrential rainfall each day.

Each round of downpours will further increase the risk for flooding and mudslides, especially where the ground is already saturated from rain earlier this week.

Tezpur in Assam recorded 87 mm (3.43 inches) of rain in the 24 hours spanning Thursday and Thursday night, local time.

The resultant flooding forced more than 13,000 people in Assam to seek shelter in temporary camps, according to The Times of India.

Residents should prepare for additional evacuations due to rapidly rising water and rivers overflowing their banks. Raging waterways or mudslides may also damage roads and bridges.

The government has warned of unprecedented river flooding along portions of the River Brahmaputra and its tributaries through August 20.