Flood situation deteriorates; 3 dead, over 2 lakh affected

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Ferry services between Majuli-Jorhat remains suspended for 2nd day

HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, July 10: Three people were killed in rain and flood related incidents in Assam as the situation turned grim on Wednesday with over two lakh people across 11 districts of the state being affected by the deluge.

Till Tuesday, 62,400 people were affected by floods in eight districts, but now 2,07,100 persons are affected in the state, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said.

According to the report of ASDMA, a total a total of 2,07,098 people of 530 villages in 24 revenue circles in 11 district viz. Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Darrang, Barpeta, Nalbari, Chirang, Golaghat, Majuli, Jorhat and Dibrugarh have been affected in the second wave of flood.

Three persons have lost their lives due to flood and landslide in Kamrup (M), Golaghat and Dhemaji district since Tuesday night.

The Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger level mark in Jorhat and Sonitpur, Dikhou in Sivasagar, Dhansiri in Golaghat, Jia Bharali in Sonitpur and Beki in Barpeta districts are flowing above danger level, the report of ASDMA said.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) teams have been pressed into service in the flood-affected areas for search and rescue operations.

Presently, 13 camps are operational in Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Golaghat and Jorhat districts with 249 inmates and 10 Relief Distribution Centres in Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Golaghat and Jorhat districts, the report said.

Dhemaji is worst affected followed by Lakhimpur district. In Dhemaji, 86,554 people of 244 villages under 3 revenue circles have been affected due to the second wave.

Of the affected people, 38,385 are from Jonai, 23,701 from Sisiborgaon and 24,468 are from Bihpuria revenue circles. A total of 5,699 hectare of crop areas have been inundated by the flood water in the district, the report said.

The flood water also washed away the Mahmora embankment under Jonai revenue circle on Wednesday, it also said.

A total of 52685 people of 115 villages under five revenue circles in Lakhimpur district were affected due to the deluge. A total of 4019.84 hectare of crop land was damaged due to the flood, the ASDMA said.

The guide bundh from Alimuddin Chuburi to Turabil Chuk was breached at Deejoo Pathar under Nowboicha revenue circle on Wednesday. The flood water of Charikoria river also eroded the road embankment of Sonarichapori to Borkhamukh Road at Madhukhuwa under Subansiri revenue circle on Wednesday.

The road embankment of Bolahi to Balipukhuri and the road embankment of Gadangarchuk to Konwarbari was eroded by flood water of Jiadhal and Kumatia under Subansiri revenue circle.

The flood water of Jiadhal submerged the road from Chakuli to Akhoiphutia, the road from Bilmukh to Mohbul Gaon and the road from Swani Medok to Yedut gaon.

In Majuli, 26,454 people of 28 villages have been affected in the second wave of flood.

The road communication was disrupted as the flood water submerged Ouduhi Road, Kohardubi Road, Bongaon Salmora Road, Birinabari Road and Ukholchuk Road under Majuli revenue circle.

In Jorhat, 9,250 people of 24 villages under 2 revenue circles have been affected in the flood. A total of 1,387 crop area was inundated in the flood.

The road from Jokaichuk to Chengelichetia was submerged at CH 3200 to 5200 M under Titabar revenue circle.

On the other hand, 3,600 people of three villages have been affected are affected due to water logging under Jorhat East revenue circle.

Villages hit by floods in Jorhat district have gone up to 27 from 16 though the population affected has gone down from Tuesday’s 12000 to over 13,172 on Wednesday in Jorhat East, Jorhat West and Titabar revenue circles of the district.

Giving the reason why this was so deputy commissioner Roshni A Korati said that in Titabor the villages affected had increased from Tuesday’s 3 to 15 with the population increasing from 300 to 1800 but in Jorhat West Revenue  circle the affected villages had decreased from 12 to 9 with a population decrease from Tuesday’s 10,871 to 7450.

“In Titabor with the increase of 12 affected village, population increase was about 1500 but in Jorhat with the decrease of only three affected villages, the population decreased by about 3421,” she explained.

A Jorhat district administration source stated that over 1387 hectares crop area have been affected by the floods.

The source informed that the one relief camp which had been opened under Jorhat West revenue circle on Tuesday was functioning while two relief camps and five relief distribution centres had been opened under the Titabar Revenue Circle.

Meanwhile, twenty eight villages have been submerged in Majuli island district on Wednesday due to overflowing water from the Brahmaputra and Subansiri rivers.

All the 28 villages under water were outside the embankment of the island and were close to the rivers with some villages located in sandbags.

Altogether 26,454 people had been affected by the floods and 167 hectares agricultural land had come under water.

No relief camp had been set up but the administration was closely monitoring the situation.

Ferry services between Majuli-Jorhat remained suspended on Wednesday. The services were suspended indefinitely from Tuesday afternoon by the Inland Water Transport department.

According to weather reports, heavy rainfall would continue for the next three to four days.

In Barpeta district, 73 hectares of crop area were affected in 18 villages under Chenga revenue circle and 64 hectares of crop area were affected in two villages under Sarthebari revenue circle.

In Morigaon district, 952 hectares of crop area were affected in 62 villages under Mayong revenue circle.

In Hojai, 1.7 hectares of crop area were affected in two villages under Lanka revenue circle as reported by ASDMA,

In Golaghat district, 372.82 hectares of crop area were affected in 10 villages under Khumtai revenue circle as reported by ASDMA.

In Kokrajhar, the Gongia River eroded roads and residential area at Shikarbill and Surjyakataon Wednesday. The water level of Gongia River was flowing above the danger level mark in Kokrajhar.

In Chirang, nearly 1000 people of two revenue villages have been facing affects due to flash flood under Bijni subdivision.

The fiver waters of Aie and Champawati rivers are flowing above the danger level mark due to nonstop rain fall since Tuesday. The flood waters also affected nearly 63 hectares of crops land in the district.

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