|Flood situation worsens, 2 drown in Silapathar|
DIBRUGARH, Aug 25 – More villages and agricultural tracts in the district here came under floods today even as the district administration rushed relief materials including food items to the affected.
Villagers collecting cattle fodder at the flooded Lejai Mazgaon in Dibrugarh district on Sunday. – UB Photos
The flood water has spread to more then fifty villages in Khowang and Laruwa mouza and another six villages and one tea estate in Lahoal mouza. In Khowang and Laruwa mouza, large tracts of cultivated paddy fields have gone under waters. The flood waters begun spreading to more areas since yesterday night as the water level has kept rising steadily.
Affected people in Khowang and Laruwa mouza were busy shifting their cattle’s and birds to safer areas today. Majority of the affected people opted to stay in their raised ‘chang ghar’ despite the flood.
“Relief materials like rice, dal and salt were rushed to the affected areas and tarpauline were distributed for erecting tents where necessary,” Pradip Dehingia, gaon burah of 2 No. Sessa Nagoan told The Assam Tribune. The affected gaon panchayats in these mouzas include Lezai, Kalakhowa, Gorudharia, Bogibeel, Kutuha and Madhupur.
The affected areas in Lahowal mouza include Mothola, Northline, Maijan Grant, Maijan Hiloidhari, Nagaghuli Kacharigaon, Panbari and Oakland.
Relief materials were distributed in Panbari, Oakland tea estate and Nagaghuli Kacharigaon, Circle Officer of Dibrugarh (East) Revenue Circle, MN Ali said. Ali said that Deputy Commissioner and health officials had also made rounds of the affected areas and interacted with the affected people in relief camps.
North Lakhimpur Correspondent adds: One person was swept away by the flood water of Subansiri at Dhunaguri under Bihpuria Revenue Circle late evening yesterday as rain lashed Lakhimpur district continuously for the third consecutive day worsening the flood situation in the district.
The victim has been identified as Dharmeswar Rajkhowa. This has made the total number of deaths in the district to five so far. The incessant rain in Lakhimpur and neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh since Sunday had raised the water levels of river Subansiri, Ranganadi and Dikrong and their tributaries inundating wide areas of the district affecting thousands of people and damaging households and schools and paddy fields and disrupting road communication in various places.
In Nowboicha Revenue Circle area renewed flood from the river Singra has inundated a wide area again affecting 85 school buildings. Flood waters entering through the already breached portion of the Ranganadi embankment in west Kharkati have again inundated many villages. Flood also has affected many villages in Dhalpur and Narayaanpur areas of Lakhimpur district. Though the district administration has speed up relief operations in the flood affected areas, food and drinking water facilities are still found to be inadequate.
Barpeta Correspondent adds: The overall flood situation in Barpeta district turns critical today with the rising of water level in all the rivers flowing through it. According to information available the Brahmaputra river is flowing above the danger level. The tributaries of Brahmaputra namely- Beki, Manah, Pahumara, Kaldia, Nakhanda, Marachaulkhowa, and Bhelengi are flowing above the red mark.
Fresh areas under Barpeta, Baghbar, Chenga and Kalgachia circles have been inundated during the last twenty four hours and the number of affected villages have gone up to 140. About 1.5 lakh of population have been directly affected by the flood.
Silapathar Correspondent adds: Two persons identified as Pawan Pait (3) of Sitalmari village under Sissi circle and Bishnu Barman (22) of Mesaki-Chapori under Jonai circle died today after they fell in the river. The deceased Pait fall down from the chang ghar and could not be saved due to heavy current of water while Barman fell down from the boat.
Meanwhile, the district administration has set up 30 new relief camps in the district. More than 30,000 affected people are in the relief camp at several schools and colleges in Silapathar. The flood water is flowing above 1.82 meters. The breach portion of Kebaranga has threatened the railway construction of Bogibeel project.
Kohra Correspondent adds: With the rise of water level almost 80 per cent of the park area inside the Kaziranga remained submerged as most of the leading motor able roads were inundated by the flood water. The forest camps viz. Kartika, Gobrai, Hanuman, Kholkholi, Nowbhanghi, and Vengrai inside the park area were badly affected with the risinf of the water level.
Sources said that food materials were supplied to the affected forest camps by boats.