|Bajali subdiv reeling under floods|
PATACHARKUCHI, July 12 - The entire Bajali subdivision under Barpeta district is reeling under floods as the Pahumara river breached its embankment in two places on Saturday morning – at Gohinpara and Kalorguri.
SDRF personnel rescuing marooned villagers from a flood-hit area under Bajali subdivision, on Sunday. – Photo: Nava Kanta Kalita
Due to incessant rains since Thursday and release of excess water from the Kurishu hydro electric project in Bhutan, the water level of Pahumara river was flowing much above the danger level and breached a huge portion (about 30 metres) at the historic ‘Doloi Gosai Than’. The water also submerged around 300 metres of the Pahala-Simlaguri road between Kenduguri and Gohinpara. The road which was under construction was also damaged extensively. Though protective measures were taken up, the strong current washed away the huge portion affecting people living nearby. A number of families residing near the dyke were affected and residential buildings damaged. Some power supply cables and posts of apdcl were also affected.
The Additional Deputy Commissioner, Barpeta, Sabyasachi Kashyap, Nayanjyoti Bhagabati SDO (C) Bajali along with Circle Officer Bajali Dr Sangita Sarma arrived at the spot to take stock of the situation. NDRF and SDRF teams were also deployed for rescue operation in Kalorguri and Gohinpara areas. The rescue teams despite continuous rains carried out their work and rescued around 130 people including children and old persons observing precautionary measure for coronavirus. They also rescued a number of domestic animals.
Mridul Talukdar, president of the Bajali district AJYCP blamed the concerned authority for the situation. He said that they don’t want a permanent solution and during floods, they were busy in taking up prevention measures, but during the dry season, they failed to do any work for a permanent solution.
Meanwhile, surface communication on the Kenduguri-Souliabari Road was stopped for the second day. The flood water is posing a serious threat to a huge area and is likely to submerge a major portion of Pathsala town. The district administration informed that as per preliminary assessment more that 20,000 people were affected in different villages. Under Bajali revenue circle, as many as eight relief camps have been opened.
Today, flood waters submerged the Pathsala civil hospital. Most of the town wards and the connecting roads and educational institutions like Bajali HS School, Muguria village, Kenduguri village, have got submerged.
Meanwhile, flood waters of Kaldia are submerging new areas in Akaya, Rehabari, Panbari, Uluwa, Maripur, Anandapur, Nityananda, Gobindapur, Patacharkuchi, Bairagi, Kanimara, Bhaluki, Upornoi, Jalikhata, Ghoramara, Helana, Tihudekhata, Kochdiga, Rupdiga, Maguri, Bongaon and Bargandubi areas. This time the water is flowing through the already broken portions of dykes in the last floods.