JORHAT, July 13 - Ferry services between Majuli-Jorhat and vice-versa remained suspended for the fifth day today as the water level of the Brahmaputra is still high and has strong current. The number of villages submerged under flood water in Majuli today went up to 77 from 70 on Friday.
The SDRF today rescued over 150 flood-hit persons trapped at Bhakat Chapori area in Lower Majuli. All of them were shifted to a new relief camp opened today at Karatipar by the district administration.
Majuli Deputy Commissioner Debaprasad Misra told The Assam Tribune this evening that over 100 people of the island stranded at Nimatighat (Jorhat) since the past few days due to suspension of ferry services, were brought to Majuli today by three ASTC buses, via Bogibeel bridge, connecting Dibrugarh and Dhemaji districts. Misra added that there were sufficient stocks of food, medicines for people and cattle in Majuli for the next several days.
The official stated that with two more relief camps opened today, the number of camps went up to three. More relief materials distribution centres across the flood-hit areas of Majuli were also opened today taking the number of centres to 69 from 14 on Friday.