|Flood situation in State critical|
GUWAHATI, Aug 20 - The flood situation in Assam turned grim following incessant rains in the catchment areas of Bhutan, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam since August 16 and according to official records, around three lakh people of 13 districts of the State have been affected so far.
Villagers of Jhanjimukh in Jorhat district affected by the rising waters of the Brahmaputra herding their cattle to safety on Thursday. – UB Photos
The flood report, released by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority this evening, said that so far 611 villages have been affected by floods and the districts affected most are Dhemaji, Kokrajhar, Chirang, Lakhimpur, Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Bongaigaon, Sivasagar, Nalbari, Sonitpur, Barpeta, Jorhat and Goalpara. Several rivers, including Brahmaputra, Jia Bharali, Puthimari and Beki, are flowing above the danger level at several places. Train services were also affected today as several trains were delayed because of floods in Lower Assam.
The report said that more than 84,000 flood-affected people have taken shelter in relief camps, while Army personnel have also been pressed into service in rescue operations in Kokrajhar district. Flood and erosion also took a heavy toll on the roads and embankments in the affected districts.
Meanwhile, according to a Water Resources Department report, the Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger level in Dibrugarh and Neamatighat. Though the river is still flowing below the danger level in Guwahati, a rising trend of the river has been observed, the report said.
The situation in Kokrajhar district worsened after incessant rains in the upper catchment areas in Bhutan and Assam and the water level of Saralbhanga river started rising since August 16. A breach of the embankment of the river turned the situation critical, submerging vast areas of the district. According to official records, at least 37 villages of the district have been badly affected.
The water level of Aie river started rising abruptly from August 17, seriously affecting Bongaigaon district. So far, around 52,000 people of 59 villages of the district have been affected by floods.
The situation in Barpeta district worsened following a breach of the embankment of Phumara river, which is flowing above the danger level, while severe erosion posed a major threat in the Jagi Bhakatgaon area of Morigaon district.
Due to incessant rains in the foothills of Arunachal Pradesh, water level of a number of rivers flowing through Sonitpur district is raising.