Flood situation grim, Dibrugarh, Guwahati under threat

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Death toll touches 11 ** Train, ferry services continue to remain suspended

HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, July 14:The flood situation in Assam worsened further on Sunday with a total of 26,45,533 people of 3,181 villages under103 revenue circles of 28 districts being affected.

With death of four more persons on Saturday, the death toll has gone up to 11, including 2 died in two landslide incidents in Dima Hasao and Guwahati in the last week, according to the report of Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) here Sunday.

On Sunday, two persons lost their lives in Jorhat, one at Sarupeta in Barpeta district and one in Dhubri district.

Earlier, three persons have lost their lives in Golaghat, one in Barpeta, two in Jorhat.

The Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger level mark at Neematighat, Tezpur, Guwahati, Goalpara, and Dhubri, Buridihing at Khowang, Subansiri at Badatighat, Dhansiri at Numaligarh, Jia Bharali at Sonitpur, Polili at Ddharamtul and Kampur, Puthimari at Kamrup, Beki at Barpeta, Barak at AP Ghat, Badarpurmukh, Katakhal at Matizuri and Kushiyara Kamrimganj on Sunday, the ASDMA report said.

The flood has claimed two lives – one in Dhemaji and other at Sissiborgaon circles, while three persons have been reportedly missing after a machine boat capsized in Jonai circle.

The affected districts are: Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Sonitpur, Darrang, Baska, Barpeta, Nalbari, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South Salmara, Goalpara, Kamrup, Morigaon, Hojai, Nagaon, Golaghat, Majuli, Jorhat, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Cachar, Karbi Anglong, West Karbi Anglong and Hailakandi.

The train service between Silchar and Lumding remained suspended for the fourth day on Sunday due to landslide in railway track near Harangajao on Wednesday. “All trains have been suspended till July 16. The service will be restored on July 17 depending on weather condition,” said an NF Railway official.

In Karbi Anglong district 937 people have been affected in the flood in Phuloni village under one revenue circle. Three relief camps have been opened for the affected people.

In West Karbi Anglong district, 10,158 people of 22 villages under Donkamukam revenue circle have been affected. The flood water inundated 6 hectares of crop land and seven relief camps have been opened, where 445 people are taking shelter.

Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) CEM Tuliram Ronghang’s home constituency Bithung Rengthama is the worst affected area in the flood.

The flood water also inundated several villages Hatimura, Bithung Sapori, Tumpreng Baligaon, Taradubi.

The road connecting Hojai Tumpreng Donkamukam remained closed for two days.

Barpeta is the worst affected followed by Morigaon and Dhubri districts.

In Barpeta, 7,35,450 people 502 villages under eight revenue circles have been affected in the second wave of flood. A total of 3,243 crop area have been affected and 28 relief camps have been opened for affected people.

In Morigaon district, 3,49,704 people have affected in 296 villages under three revenue circles. A total of 25,291 hectares of crops land as been damaged nine relief camps have been opened for the affected people.

In South Salmara district, 1,40,849 people of 53 villages under two revenue circles have been affected in the flood. A total of 832 hectares of crop area was damaged by flood besides damaging other public property and infrastructure.

In Dhemaji, 1,28,853 people of 419 villages under four revenue circles have been affected in the second wave. A total of 8,830 hectares of crop land was damaged in the flood.

In Lakhimpur district, 65,969 people of130 villages under seven revenue circles have been affected in the flood. The flood water inundated 3,968 hectares of crops land in the district besides damaging roads and other infrastructure.

In Majuli 78,547 people of 90 villages under one revenue circle were affected by flood. The ferry service has been suspended for the sixth day on Sunday due to rising of water level of the Brahmaputra.

In Jorhat, a total of 47,690 people of 77 villages under four revenue circles have been affected in the flood. The flood situation is still critical in Dibrugarh with water level of the Brahmaputra rising above the danger level mark. A total of 51,186 people of 91 villages under seven revenue circles have been affected in Dibrugarh district.

In Kamrup district 36,855 people of 100 villages under six revenue circles have been affected in the flood.

The flood situation is still grim in Kokrajhar district, as the flash flood of Saralbhanga River washed away Taktara and its adjoining areas besides damaging infrastructure and other public properties.

Assam social welfare minister Pramila Rani Brahma visited the erosion affected areas of Taktara village to take the stock of the situation on Sunday.

In Hailakandi, floods claimed the first victim in southern Assam’s Hailakandi district with the recovery of the body of the victim Sunday.

The victim identified as Jagadish Bhumish, aged 53, drowned at Sonacherra village under Katlicherra revenue circle while he was on his way to buy ration in the late evening Saturday.

State Disaster Response Force, Fire & Emergency Services personnel and deep divers from Silchar recovered the body in the afternoon after intensive search operation since Saturday. “With the joints efforts of F&ESS, SDRF personnel and deep divers we could fish out the body at around 1.10 pm today. The search operation was also carried out after the drowning incident took place at around 8 pm yesterday,” said in-charge, F&ESS, Sanjay Singha.

The flood situation in the district remains grim with all the major rivers flowing above the danger level inundating new areas.

SDRF personnel have rescued scores of marooned people and moved them to safer places.

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