The flood situation in Assam has suddenly turned from bad to worse overnight with the Brahmaputra damaging embankments and inundating over 200 villages, affecting over 1.5 lakh people in just two d

Jorhat, June 24: The flood situation in Upper Assam turned grim today with most of the rivers flowing above the danger level and submerging vast areas.

Guwahati: Assam’s flood situation deteriorated on Sunday as incessant rains breached embankments inundating several villages, vast tracts of cropland and affecting nearly two lakh people.

The current deluge has so far claimed eight lives in the state and nearly two lakh people have been affected, official sources said. Altogether 14 districts have been affected by the floods. The districts are Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Barpeta, Kamrup (Rural), Baksa, Sonitpur, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Nalbari, Nagaon, Morigaon and Dhubri.

Incessant rainfall in catchment areas during the last week have led to a rise in the water level of the Brahmaputra and its tributaries, inundating vast tracts of farmlands and villages in several

Sparrows are disappearing from many parts of the country, and specially in Assam where electro-magnetic radiation from communication towers, use of leaded petrol in vehicles and overuse of pesticides in agriculture have been cited as some causes by scientists.

Chief scientist of the Regional Agriculture Research Centre in Lakhimpur, Prabal Saikia, said, "It is a fact that sparrows are becoming scarce throughout Assam - both house and tree sparrows."

Jorhat, May 22: A team of experts from Dibrugarh University and Assam Medical College will visit Sadiya sub-division of Tinsukia district on Thursday, to find out the truth about reports of two dea

The Coordination of Democratic Rights Organisation, comprising 20 civil and democratic rights organisations from across India, decided to undertake a fact finding of the impact of big/mega dam projects coming up in the north-eastern states on the life and livelihood of the people. It has been reported that more than 168 memoranda of understanding/memoranda of agreement (MOA) have been signed by the Government of Arunachal Pradesh alone. (Letters)

DIGBOI: The people of West Mamorani village under Digboi police Station in Tinsukia District has created a blockade of the the NH-38 here at Bengali Balijan near Anandabag Tea Estate this morning, lambasting the indifferent attitude of the District administration towards the plight of the cyclone- hit people of the area recently.

Expressing grief over the Government’s lackadaisical attitude, the irate mob today brought the National Highway to a still for two long hours. Speaking to The Sentinel,

Jorhat, April 24: At least five persons died and over 50 were injured when a hailstorm hit several parts of Tinsukia district late last evening.

Tea Production in North India covering Assam and West Bengal for 2012 is set to register a sharp drop due to a prolonged dry spell and rising temperature across Assam and West Bengal. The crop loss is set to lead to cash flow problems for the tea companies.

Data compiled by the Indian Tea Association confirm rainfall deficit for West Bengal at around 31-42 per cent during January-March 2012 as compared to the same period in 2011.