32,000 affected in first wave of flood, 22 villages under water

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HT Correspondent

JORHAT/LAKHIMPUR, June 7: Nearly 32,000 people of 22 revenue villages in three districts have been affected in the first wave of floods, an official report of Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said here on Monday.

A total of 413.3 hectare of cropland has been submerged by flood waters in the Lakhimpur, Dhemaji and Biswanath districts, the report said.

In Biswanath two villages under Halem circle, in Lakhimpur 18 villages under Lakhimpur, Naoboicha and North Lakhimpur circles and in Dhemaji two villages under Dhemaji circles have been affected by floods.

The district administration has opened a relief camp in Lakhimpur where a total population of 31,959 people have been affected by the floods and a relief distribution centre was opened at North Lakhimpur.

In some of the other districts of Assam severe and moderate erosion has been witnessed and the water resources departments in the respective districts are monitoring the situation.

At Baksa in the Jhala Bebia Jyoti Nagar area a stretch of 200 metre has been eroded. In Barpeta heavy erosion has taken place on the Khanakapara to Dattakuch Road. At Biswanath heavy erosion can be seen at the left bank of the river at Deunibari village. Erosion is also perceived in some places of Goalpara, Kamrup, Morigaon and Nalbari districts.

Rangia in Kamrup district and Nalbari have witnessed severe waterlogging problems.

The release of excess water from NEEPCO dam has led to an increase in the water level of Ranganadi in North Lakhimpur since the last two weeks.

NEEPCO released the water through several gates which had the river in spate in its downstream areas in Lakhimpur district.

The river also swept away several bamboo bridges connecting both the banks near North Lakhimpur.

Flood water inundated other parts of Lakhimpur district also as continuous rain has been lashing the area in the last two weeks. In Naoboicha, several villages got flooded by the overflowing water of Singra river. The Singra river inundated Gosanibari, Chengelijan, No.1 Gelahati and No.2 Gelahati and other villages under Naoboicha Revenue Circle. The flooded Dikrong also inundated many riverside areas under Bihpuria constituency in Lakhimpur district.

The Lakhimpur district unit of AASU warned the NEEPCO authority not to release water at any time without notification and demanded compensation for the flood-affected people of Naoboicha. On the other hand, the affected people of Naoboicha alleged that local MLA Bharat Narah has turned a deaf ear to their miserable condition.

As per the assessment of the Lakhimpur district administration, the flash flood has affected a total of 18 villages, 11,529 people and 191.3 hectare crop area in the district.

Even before the monsoons arrived in the region, incessant rainfall for more than 15 days and the rising water level of the Brahmaputra at Nimatighat spurred the Jorhat district administration on Monday to review the flood preparedness in the district.

Jorhat deputy commissioner Ashok Kumar Barman, who is also the chairperson of the District Disaster Management Authority asked the concerned departments and revenue circle officers to ensure that relief and fodder were provided to the affected people and to cattle, respectively in the eventuality of floods.

The concerned departments are water resources, PWD, agriculture, veterinary, forests, APDCL and fire among others.

The meeting also discussed severe waterlogging and artificial floods in town areas and at Bekajan in Titabar subdivision.

ADC Damodar Barman who is the CEO of DDMA informed that the Brahmaputra was flowing at 84.92m less than a metre below danger level (85.54m) at 8 am on Monday and was showing a rising trend.

The ferry services to Majuli, except for those carrying essentials and emergencies, have been discontinued to and from Nimatighat here, since the lockdown was declared in the state.


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