Assam flood worsens; two more dead, nearly 9.3 lakh people hit

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Shah calls up Sonowal, Himanta assures all help from Centre

HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, June 28: The flood situation further worsened in Assam on Sunday with report of two more deaths taking the toll to 20 in the first wave of the deluge.

Two more deaths have been deported on Sunday. One person drowned at Jonai in Dhemaji district while another drowned in Udalguri, according to the report of Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA).

A total of 9,26,059 people of 2071 villages under 67 revenue circles in 23 districts of the state have been affected in the first wave.

Meanwhile, Union home minister Amit Shah on Sunday called chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal and health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and enquired about incidents of landslides along with flood and erosion in the state.

“Spoke to Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal and state minister Himanta Biswa Sarma to take stock of the alarming situation in Brahmaputra river and landslides near Guwahati. All possible help has been assured to state. Modi government stands firmly with the people of Assam,” Shah said in a tweet.

The Union minister assured all help and cooperation from the central government in managing the problems of flood and erosion while asserting that the central government stood together with the state government in these difficult times. The Union Home Minister also offered his deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in flood and landslide incidents.

The ASDMA report said 23 districts have been affected in the deluge: Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Udalguri, Darrang, Nalbari, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South Salmara, Goalpara, Kamrup, Morigaon, Hojai, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia and West Karbi Anglong

The Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger level at Neematighat (Jorhat), Guwahati, Goalpara and Dhubri, Buridihinh at Chenimari (Dibrugarh), Dhansiri in Numaligarh (Golaghat), Jia Bharali at NT Road Crosing (Sonitpur), Kopili at Kampur (Nagaon), Puthimari at NT Road Crossing (Kamrup), Pagladiya at NT Road Crossing (Nalbari), Manas at NT Road crossing (Barpeta), Beki at Road Bridge (Barpeta) and Sonkosh is flowing above the danger level at Golokganj in Dhubri district, the report said.

27,308 inmates took shelter in 193 relief camps in the affected places.

Barpeta is the worst affected district with 1,35,425 population of 395 villages followed by Dhemaji with 99,865 population of 265 villages and Nalbari with 96,146 population with 94 villages being affected in the flood.

In West Karbi Angling district, 1,108 people of 9 revenue villages have been affected due to release of excess water from 100 MW Karbi Langpi Hydro Electric Project (KLHEP).

To decrease the water level the authority has opened five sluice gates of KLHEP on Sunday. The water resource department has notified about the increasing water level of Karbi Langpi River. The water level has reached the danger level of 64.30 m.

Due to incessant rainfall, the water level of Kopili River is rising. Three villages Raikata, Kumrakata and Nabhanga in Hojai district.

The road connecting Hojai and West-Karbi Anglong at Tumpreng was submerged by flood water.

Due to floods many wild animals, including wild elephants were seen trapped at Theplaguri forest. Even as the forest guards tried to rescue the elephant, they were unsuccessful.

The flood water also damaged a vast crops area in Jamunamukh due to braches in the embankement at Jamunamukh Pattiyapam Village in the first week of June.

A vast area of Kaziranga National Park was inundated by floodwater. Many wild animals including one-horned rhinos, deers, buffalos, and elephants took shelter at highlands constructed inside the park.

Many animals were seen crossing the National Highway 37 which passes through the national park in search of food and shelter.

The authorities have restricted the speed limit of the vehicles plying on the NH 37. The forest department has also been keeping vigil in the park as poachers increase their activities during the floods.

“Of 183 camps, 90 camps have been inundated by the flood water, to have been shifted and 2 camps have to be vacated,” the ASDMA report added.

SDRF, district administrations, civil defence and Inland Water Transport departments have evacuated 9,303 people during the last 24 hours in five districts, the bulletin said.

Till Saturday, more than 4.6 lakh persons were affected due to the deluge across 21 districts.

The authorities have distributed a total of 1,206.32 quintals of rice, dal and salt, and 2,195.92 litres of mustard oil along with other relief materials such as tarpaulin, baby food, snacks, candle, match box, drinking water, milk, biscuit and mosquito coil.

Embankments, roads, bridges, culverts and many other infrastructure have been damaged at various places in Lakhimpur, Dibrugarh, Barpeta, Udalguri, Kamrup, Dhubri, Majuli, Kokrajhar, Dhemaji, Biswanath, Tinsukia, Jorhat, Morigaon, Hojai, Sivasagar and West Karbi Anglong districts.

Massive erosions have been witnessed at different places of Biswanath district, ASDMA said.

The flood has also affected 15,27,832 domestic animals and poultry across the state, it added.

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