JORHAT, July 11 - The flood situation in Majuli island has deteriorated further with number of villages submerged by flood water going up to 35.
A Majuli district administration official told this newspaper that the number people affected by flood has increased to 36,561 from 26,454 yesterday while agricultural land under water has increased to 1,668 hectares.
The ferry services between Majuli-Jorhat and vice-versa remained suspended for the third day today.The district administration opened a relief camp at the Kharjanpar LP School after the Old Kharjanpar area adjoining Garamur was completely submerged by overflowing water of Subansiri river. Eleven families were taking shelter at the camp.
Subansiri was overflowing reportedly due to release of excess water from Ronganadi Hydroelectric Project since past few days, the official said.The official stated that SDRF teams were pressed into service to rescue stranded people .
A part of the newly-built PWD road in the area (Old Kharjanpar) was washed away by flood water leading to disruption in communication in the area, the official informed.
Majuli Deputy Commissioner Debaprasad Misra, accompanied by district administration and PWD officials, visited Old Kharjanpar area and took stock of the situation emerging due to the floods.
The Deputy Commissioner directed the PWD officials to construct a temporary bridge at Kharjanpar to tide over the crisis.
The official informed that the administration has distributed 276.246 quintals of rice, 52.228 quintals of dal and 15.37 quintals of salt to the flood-hit people .He also directed the concerned officials to ensure proper distribution of relief materials to the flood-hit people in the camp and those staying in the houses, the official added.