JORHAT, Aug 26 – With the waters of the Brahmaputra receding at Neamatighat today, ferry services to and from Majuli have been restored by the Inland Water Transport officials. The ferry services were suspended on Sunday after the waters had crossed the danger level.
As the Brahmaputra and some of its tributaries inundated several areas at Majuli and Teok and some other places under the East and West Revenue Circles of Jorhat subdivision, at least 161 villages were affected in the district, compelling thousands of villagers to take shelter at high places and nearby dykes, mainly at Salmora, Bechamora and Dakhinpat in Majuli and Jhanjimukh, Neamatighat, Mukaloni and some other rural areas in Jorhat subdivision.
Most of the affected villages are located beyond the embankments, while many others inside the dykes witnessed massive waterlogging as the storm water could not flow to the Brahmaputra because of its elevated level.
Though no breach of any dyke was reported at Majuli, the villagers of the flood-hit Salmora, Bechamora, Dakhinpat and some other areas have been taking shelter at high places. The villages located beyond the dykes at Jhanjimukh, Neamatighat and Mukalmua in Jorhat subdivision are also reeling under the impact of the flood.
According to the district administration, 96 villages at Majuli, 17 at Teok and 48 under the East and West Revenue Circles of Jorhat subdivision have been affected by the recent flood.
Meanwhile, Jorhat Deputy Commissioner Solanki Vishal Vasant has made arrangements to distribute relief materials in the affected areas. Officials have distributed foodstuffs and other necessary materials at many places including Majuli.