DIBRUGARH, July 11 - Incessant rains and a swollen Brahmaputra continue to bring misery to the people of Dibrugarh district. For the city’s residents, water-logging continues for the third day, though some respite is seen in the Chowkidinghee and Udaipur localities here. About 500 people of the Chabua revenue circle, from as many as nine villages, have been shifted to two flood relief camps.
Two flood relief camps in the Chabua revenue circle have been set up at Bindhakata High School and Dinjoy Hazarimal High School. These two camps were set up on Wednesday. Sources said more flood-affected people are likely to be shifted to the relief camps. Till this morning, the district administration here distributed 129 quintals of rice, 24 quintals of dal and a little more than 7 quintals of salt among the flood-hit people. Nothing has been given as cattle fodder.
In the city here, the incessant rains continue to wreak havoc in several localities. While some places like K P Road, Zig Zag Road, Red Cross Road, Jail Road were seeing a slight improvement, rains since this afternoon have again inundated the areas. However, large sections of the Convoy Road and Mancotta Road have dried up somewhat, partially easing conveyance on these arterial roads. Most of Jiban Phukan Nagar and Khaniagaon continue to remain waterlogged.
Adding to the woes of the citizens here since Sunday is the highly erratic power supply situation. During a day the power goes off more than twelve times, often up to three hours at a stretch. If asked, the APDCL people manning their phone numbers mumble innuendos, adding to the confusion.
Doomdooma correspondent adds: Major rivers flowing across the Tinsukia district are now flowing above the danger mark. According to the Water Resource Department, Noa Dihing at Sumoni and the river Burhi Dihing at Margherita have crossed the danger level. The rising water of the river Brahmaputra has inundated a large area of Dibru-Saikhowa National Park. The animals of the park have come out of the park in search of shelter. The flood water also inundated the forest villages of Laika and Dodhia in Tinsukia. The police out post at Guijan under Tinsukia PS was also submerged by flood water.
In Doomdooma Revenue Circle, 39 villages have been affected by flood water under Sadiya, Saikhowa and Hapjan Mauza. It is learnt that over 10,000 people have been affected by current wave of flood. Talking to this correspondent, the Circle Officer of Doomdooma Revenue Circle, Pankaj Nagbonshi told that three relief camps have been opened in Doomdooma circle.
On the other hand, as of now only five villages under Sadiya sub-division have been partially affected by flood . One bamboo bridge over the River Ghoramora connecting Jia village was washed away yesterday. Erosion has been reported in Bishnupur Pahukhuwa village. One flood control room has been set up at SDO (C) office.
North Lakhimpur Correspondent adds: Flood situation has remained grim in Lakhimpur. All the major rivers in the district are in spate that have inundated several villages along with paddy field. According to a report from Lakhimour district administration released today, 69 villages have been affected by flood in North Lakhimpur revenue circle. The surging water of Ranganadi and Subansiri has submerged the North Lakhimpur revenue Circle affecting 44,423 people with 1980 hectares of crop land. One relief camp has been set up in Pokadol LP School in that revenue circle. The relief camp has provided shelter to 45 persons including 17 minors. The Lakhimpur district administration has also set up five relief distribution centres in North Lakhimpur revenue circle where 221.88 quintals of rice, 41.09 quintals of lentils, 12.33 quintals of salt, 1233 liters of mustard oil and 209.82 quintals of cattle feed have been distributed so far. The SDRF personnel have rescued 96 marooned people in North Lakhimpur Revenue Circle region.
In Kadam Revenue Circle, flood water of Subansiri, Bogeenadi and Kakoi have submerged six villages affecting 769 hectares of crop land. Three relief distribution points have been set up in the revenue circle area where 81 quintals of cattle feeds were distributed.
The flood water of Ranganadi and Singra has affected 33 villages under Nowboicha Revenue Circle in Lakhimpur so far. The flood has affected 13,750 people and 121 hectares of crop areas in this revenue circle. The flood water of Dikrong has also submerged 13 villages in Bihpuria Revenue Circle of the district affecting 6.777 people with a crop area of 201.11 hectares. One flood relief camp has been set up in Bongalmora Kaibartta LP School where 37 people including 12 minors are being sheltered.
Goalpara Correspondent adds: The flood situation has remained critical in Goalpara district as all the rivers are in spate following incessant rainfall for the past few days. The district administration is on high alert as surging water has partly submerged 9 villages affecting around 800 people under Matia circle. According to an official bulletin flood water entered Dohapara, Mujkuri, Gojijani, Pakhiguri, Majgoan, Barvita, Jotsoarbdi, Kharijia Manikpur under Matia circle. Boats were pressed into service in the affected areas for ferrying stranded people. The Brahmaputra and other rivers including Krishnai and Jinari are in spate while the water level of river Dudhnoi is receding according to the latest bulletin.