Flood situation turns critical, death toll mounts to 7

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Train, ferry services remain suspended ** Army called in to help NDRF, SDRF in rescue operation  

HT Bureau

GUWAHATI/JORHAT/HAFLONG, July 13: The flood situation in Assam turned from bad to worse on Saturday with the water level of the Brahmaputra and its tributaries inundating more villages across 25 districts.

With one more death in Dhemaji district on Saturday, the death toll in the current flood has risen to 7 including two in landslides in Guwahati and Dima Hasao.

The Indian Army along with NDRF and SDRF have been deployed in rescue operation in several districts. An army column has been deployed in Balipur Char in Baksa district, which was inundated by the flood water of Beki river on Saturday, a defence spokesperson here said.

According to the report of Assam Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), 14,06,711 people of 2,168 villages under 80 revenue circles in 25 districts have been affected in the second wave of flood.

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

Train service in Dima Hasao district got affected due to landslides in Harangajao and since Thursday morning all the trains remained suspended in Silchar-Lumding BG line.

“It will take more than 22 hours for restoration of train service depending on the weather condition,” an official of Northeast Frontier railway said.

A total of 51,752 hectares of crop areas were inundated and 234 relief camps were opened where 20,047 inmates were sheltered in across 25 districts of the state, the report said.

The Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger mark at Neematighat (Jorhat), Tezpur (Sonitpur), Guwahati, Goalpara and Dhubri; Buridihing at Khowang (Dibrugarh), Subansiri at Badatighat (Lakhimpur), Dhansiri at Numaligarh (Golaghat), Jiat Bharali at NT Road (Sonitpur).

In West Karbi Anglong district, a total of 10,158 people of 22 villages under one revenue circle have been affected in the flood. Barpeta is worst affected followed by Dhemaji district. In Dhemaji district, a total of 1,38,434 people of 432 villages under four revenue circles have been affected in the flood.

The ring bundh of Kaldia river south was damaged in the flood, the ASDMA report said. One relief camps was opened at Sarupeta and 69 houses were washed away by the second wave of flood.

A total of 94,627 people were affected in 189 villages in three revenue circles in Morigaon district.  Similarly, in Kamrup district, 31,400 people of 80 villages under five revenue circles have been affected in the flood.

According to report, breaches occurred at embankments of Athgaon, Sonapur under Kamalpur revenue circle, Puthimari and Hajo, the report said. The flood also submerged eight roads under Goroimari revenue circle, four roads in Chamaria, four roads in Nagarbera and one road in Chaygaon, eight roads in Boko and 17 roads under Hajo revenue circle, it said.

In Lakimpur district, a total of 64,907 people of 133 villages under seven revenue circles have been affected in the flood. The flood water partially damaged a MGNREGA scheme at Chutiakari bridge to Chakalaguri Ghat under Subansiri revenue circle, an erosion protection work at Rawnabari to Borbari (Sonari Chapori, another erosion protection work at Bhimpara bridge and a guide bandh at Lejua culvert to Molan Pathar on Saturday.

In Majuli, 66,128 people of 77 villages under one revenue circle have been affected. The ferry services between Neematighat and Kamalabari has been suspended for the fifth day on Friday as the water level is rising in the Brahmaputra.

The flood partially damaged the Aphalaghat Road, Natun Maharichuk Road, Gowal Gaon to Malapindha Road, Khardubi to Natun Kulamora Chapori Road, Chitadarchuk Road, Koibarta Gaon to Bukura via Chitadar Road.

In Jorhat district, 24,896 people of 61 villages under four revenue circles have been affected. A total of 1,274 hectares of crop land was affected in the flood.

A portion of old railway line near Fakuadoul at Gohain Gaon was slumped down under Jorhat West revenue circle.

In Bongaigaon district, 83,383 people of 44 villages under four revenue circles were affected in the second wave.

Meanwhile, following a major breach at Mohanpur embankment, flood waters have gushed through inundating Mohanpur and other areas of Hailakandi district on Saturday. Altogether 24 villages of which 10 villages under Hailakandi, 11 villages under Lala and 3 villages under Katlicherra revenue circles have been affected by flood waters.

PWD Road has been submerged at Noagram around one km from Samarikona Bazar tiniali.

Medical team has been pressed into service in flood affected areas of Nimaichandpur, Nitanandpur, Tesla, Gaglacherra, Sudharshanpur Part II, Lalamukh, Harincherra, Kalacherra Grant, Vernarpur and Lalacherra.

On the other hand, three major rivers of the Barak Valley are flowing above the danger level. Katakhal, Dhaleswari and Barak rivers are flowing above the danger mark at 21.89 metre, 31.10 metre and 20.19 metre, respectively.

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