Flood situation continues to remain grim in Assam

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HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, July 11: The flood situation in Assam turned from bad to worse with 4,23,749 people across 17 districts being affected in the second wave of deluge on Thursday. There is no report of death of any person on Thursday, a report of the Assam State disaster Management authority (ASDMA) said here.

A total of 749 villages were affected, 16 and 72 hectare of crops area of 41 revenue circles in 11 districts- Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Sonitpur, Darrang, Baska, Barpeta, Nalbari, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Morigaon, Nagaon, Golaghat, Majuli and Dibrugarh  have been affected in the second wave of the deluge, the report said.

As the situation deteriorates, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal reviewed the prevailing flood situation which has claimed three lives till Wednesday.

The chief minister interacted through video conferencing with deputy commissioners and senior officials of different government departments of the affected districts and directed them to remain fully alert and be prepared to tackle the situation promptly and effectively.

Sonowal further directed that adequate medical services be provided to flood affected people and asked the deputy commissioners to contact immediately the Director of Health Services, if there is any shortage of doctors in their respective districts.

Barpeta is the worst affected followed by Dhemaji district. A total of 84,262 people of 91 villages under five revenue circles have been affected in the deluge. 1,726 hectares of crops land have been affected in the flood.

A total f 21 roads have been submerged by flood water under Barpeta and Kalgachia revenue circle as reported by ASDMA.

In Dhemaji, 80,219 people of 210 villages under three revenue circles have been affected in the flood. A total of 4,571 hectares of crops area have been affected and four relief camps have been opened in the district.

Altogether 18 roads have been damaged and one 1 RCC bridge No.3/1 over Rayeng River was washed away by the flood water.

A total of 72,693 people of 137 revenue villages under five revenue circles were affected in the flood in Lakhimpur district.

3,367 hectares of crops land were damaged due to the flood and 20 relief camps have been opened at North Lakhimpur and Bihpuria revenue circles of the district.

In Bongaigaon district, a total of 72,582 people of 62 villages under three revenue circles were affected.

The flood situation remained unchanged in Jorhat district. A total of 8,486 people have been affected in 22 villages under two revenue circles in the second wave of flood. Crops in 187 hectares of land were damaged due to the deluge, said the ASDMA report. 246 people are taking shelter in three relief camps in the district.

The Brahmaputra has been flowing above the danger level mark at Neematighat since Monday. More than hundreds of people of Majuli were stranded at Neematighat as the ferry service between Neematighat and Kamalabari remained suspended for the third day on Thursday.

A total of 36,561 people have been affected in 35 villages under one revenue circle in Majuli district. A total of 1,688 hectares of crop land have been inundated in the flood.

 

 

Erosion continues at Shikarbill in Kokrajhar

The Gongia River, which is flowing above the danger level mark, continued at Shikarbill village near Dotma in Kokrajhar district on Thursday. The river has already eroded a pucca road and several hectares of crops in the village.

MLA from Kokrajhar West Rabiram Narzary and BTC member from Dotma Jyotirindra Brahma visited the flood-affected Shikarbill on Thursday.

In Chirang, a total of 60,060 people of 22 villages have been affected in the second wave of the flood caused by Aie and Champawati.

One relief camp has been opened at Bijni, the ASDMA report said. 6,130 people have been affected in 3 villages under one revenue circle in Morigaon district.

 

 

CM reviews flood situation

In the video conference, the chief minister directed the deputy commissioners to activate 24×7 control room to ensure that people in distress get adequate care and immediate response when faced with an emergency situation during floods, the officials said.

The chief minister reviewed the status of relief camps, distribution of relief material to marooned people and measures adopted for safety and security of animals in the flood affected districts, an official spokesperson said.

Sonowal further directed that adequate medical services be provided to flood affected people and asked the deputy commissioners to contact immediately the Director of Health Services, if there is any shortage of doctors in their respective districts.

The chief minister also directed the Health department personnel to collect blood sample of relief camp inmates to contain Japanese Encephalitis and Malaria diseases which has seen a spurt during the last month.

He also instructed them to take steps for adequate care for animals affected by flood and arrange fodder for them.

The district administrations should also be in close touch with NDRF and SDRF personnel stationed in the affected districts, Sonowal said.

He directed the police force to carry out regular patrolling in flood affected areas to ensure safety and security of property of the flood hit people.

He also directed the deputy commissioners to release immediately the one time financial assistance to the next of kin of victims who have lost their lives in the flood.

Sonowal also reviewed the prevailing situation in Kaziranga and Manas National Parks along with the preparedness of Kamrup (Metro) district administration in responding to incidents of landslides in the district.

Chief secretary Alok Kumar, additional chief secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna, Special DGP Bhaskarjyoti Mahanta, principal secretary to Chief Minister Sanjay Lohiya and other senior officials of state government also attended the video conferencing.

 

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