Flash floods in Assam, Arunachal: three dead, thousands affected

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HT Bureau

GUWAHATI/ITANAGAR, Sept 14: The incessant rains over the past one week have caused flash floods in several parts of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, leading to three deaths — a three-year-old in Arunachal Pradesh and a 22-year-old in Assam — so far.

According to a report by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), 22,689 people from 118 villages in Dhemaji district alone have been affected. Around 800 people are staying in the three relief camps.

On Thursday, 22-year-old, Bijoy Tanti, from Kamalpur village under Gogamukh revenue district in Dhemaji, was killed when he drowned in floodwaters.

The three revenue circles which have been affected are Gogamukh, Jonai and Dhemaji. The entire upper catchment area of Arunachal Pradesh has been affected. Heavy rainfall in Arunachal Pradesh has led to the swelling of the Siang river upstream, thus affecting the New Siang and Lali rivers and other tributaries of the Brahmaputra. Around 4,078 hectares of agricultural land in Dhemaji has been submerged under floodwaters.

Flood situation in Dhemaji district is grim as rising water of the rivers have submerged new areas in Sissiborgaon and Jonai circles causing severe hardships for the residents of the rural areas.

Flood report released by District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), Dhemaji reveals that about 47,471 people of 173 villages have been affected in the deluge so far, while it has inundated 7108 hectare crop land in four revenue circles of the district.

Overflowing water of Lali river has breached the dyke at No-1 Tari Majgaon and flooded human habitations in Bahir-Jonai, Rayang-Bijoypur, Siga and Gali-Sikari gaon panchayats, while rising water of Brahmaputra entered Sengajan area and flooded 20 villages of South-Jonai area. As such, overflowing water of Gainadi has created flood fury in 18 villages of Sissiobargaon and Sissitongani area.

In similar manner, surging water of Jiyadhal and Kumatiya rivers inundated 42 villages in Pachim Dhemaji and southern part (Bordoibam) in Gogamukh circle. Strong current of turbulent Jiyadhal river has eroded a culvert at Kekuri portion of BG railway between Jiyadhal and Bordoloni station on Friday morning and snapped rail services along the route. The NF railway has engaged its man and machines to repair but not succeeded till Friday evening.

The flash flood in the district so far claimed one life as Bijoy Tanti , 22, of Kamalpur village under Gogamukh Police Station has drowned in the flood water and lost his life on Thursday.

The weather condition in the region is improved Friday, but the water levels in the rivers are not yet receded. As per Water resource department record, Brahmaputra is flowing above danger level at Kareng Bogibeel, Sissikoghor and Panbari, but water level of Gainadi, Jiyadhal and Kumatiya rivers area reportedly receding.

In Chirang district, 1,659 people living in the Bengtol and Bijni areas have been affected and there are 1,245 living in the relief camps.

Meanwhile, in Lakhimpur district, the release of waters from the Ranganadi dam by NEEPCO over the last 24 hours has flooded a number of villages. “This has been caused by a combination of heavy rains and release of dam waters. The gates have been open, and water has been released several times,” says an official of the Lakhimpur district’s disaster authority. According to the official State Disaster Management report, 34,212 people in 55 villages under five revenue circles in Lakhimpur have been affected.

Due to heavy rain and consequent sudden flow of water with heavy thrust, a portion of the bridge approach of bridge number 693 at km 358 / 3-4 over Jiadhal river between Dhemaji and Bordoloni stations under Rangiya Division has been washed out. Several trains have been short terminated or cancelled on Friday.

The 15614 Murkongselek – Kamakhya Lachit Express and 15613 Kamakhya – Murkongselek Lachit Express were cancelled.

The 15614 Murkongselek – Kamakhya Lachit Express of September 15 will originate from North Lakhimpur, the 15613 Kamakhya – Murkongselek Lachit Express of September 15 will remain cancel, 55896 Murkongselek – Rangiya passenger train of September 15 will remain cancelled between Murkongselek and Vishwanath Chariali, 55895 Rangiya – Murkongselek passenger train of September 15 will be short terminated at Vishwanath Chariali and will remain cancelled between Vishwanath Chariali and Murkongselek. The train will return as 55896 Murkongselek – Rangiya passenger train from Vishwanath Chariali to Rangiya.

The 55813 Dekargaon – Murkongselek – Dekargaon passenger train of September 15 will be short terminated at North Lakhimpur and will return as 55814 passenger train from North Lakhimpur to Dekargaon, the 55813 / 55814 Murkongselek – Dekargaon passenger train of September 15 will remain partially cancelled between Murkongselek and Vishwanath Chariali.

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