Flood situation still critical


Villagers with household essentials taking shelter on a road in Majuli, on Wednesday. – UB Photos

GUWAHATI, July 12 – The overall flood situation in the State has turned grave with the 17,18,135 people in 2,488 villages under 82 revenue circles of 24 districts reeling under flood during the past 24 hours. The current wave of flood has taken the toll of 44 human lives so far, and forced 97,077 flood-hit people to take shelter in 231 relief camps, said the official flood bulletin here this evening.

In all 7,814 marooned people have been evacuated so far in 16 districts by the NDRF, SDRF, Revenue Circle authorities and the local people, the bulletin said.

This wave of flood has affected a total crop area of 1,75,552.61 hectares in 25 districts. It has also affected 3,79,257 big animals, 2,23,585 small animals and 3,65,301 poultry, which may be viewed as a major blow to the agricultural economy of the State.

The bulletin said that the districts of Lakhimpur, Bongaigaon, Darrang, Jorhat, Golaghat, Cachar, Dhemaji, Biswanath, Karimganj, Sonitpur, Majuli, Barpeta, Nagaon, Nalbari, Sivasagar, Morigaon, Chirang, Dibrugarh, Dhubri, Kokrajhar, South Salmara, Charaideo, Goalpara and Karbi Anglong are affected by flood. It also maintains that in the districts of Hojai (590 hectares in 31 villages) and Kamrup (250 hectares in 20 villages) also floodwaters have affected crop areas.

The Brahmaputra is flowing above its danger levels at its five gauge stations at Neamati-ghat, Tezpur, Guwahati, Goalpara and Dhubri, while its tributaries Burhi Dihing (at Khowang), Subansiri (at Lakhimpur), Dikhow (at Sivasagar), Desang (at Nangalamuraghat), Dhansiri-South (at Numaligarh), Jia Bharali (at NT Road Crossing), Beki (at Road Bridge) and Sonkosh (at Golakganj) are also flowing above their respective danger levels.

In the Barak valley, the Kushiyara is flowing above its danger level at Karimganj.

News Source Assam Tribune

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