|Flood situation improves further|
GUWAHATI, Aug 4 - With the intensity of rainfall witnessing a dip in most parts of the State, the flood situation of Assam improved substantially in the past 24 hours. But as the Regional Meteorological Centre here has predicted heavy rainfall in the next 72 hours at isolated places of the State, the respite could be shortlived in many areas.
The daily flood bulletin of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority stated that 15 districts – Dhemaji, Biswanath, Baksa, Nalbari, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Goalpara, Kamrup, Kamrup (Metro), Morigaon, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat and Sivasagar – were reeling under floods, affecting 1,95,689 people in 325 villages under 23 revenue circles.
The Brahmaputra in Jorhat and Dhubri districts, Jia Bharali in Sonitpur district and Kopili in Nagaon district were flowing above the danger level as per the morning bulletin issued by the Central Water Commission on Tuesday.
As many as 23,591 hectares of cropland along with 31,060 big animals, 13,974 small animals and 37,081 poultry continued to be affected in flood. Across the State, 4,129 flood-affected people are taking shelter in 26 relief camps.
In the past 24 hours, flood waters damaged a number of roads in Chirang and Udalguri districts. Incidents of flood-triggered erosion have also been reported from Udalguri, Baksa and Sonitpur districts.
The flood situation has also improved in Kaziranga National Park and Orang National Park.
Meanwhile, in view of the large scale damage caused by Beki river along its meandering course, Governor Jagdish Mukhi today held a meeting with officials of the water resources department at Raj Bhavan here and called for a durable solution of flood and erosion problem.