|Floodwaters submerge Chandrapur area|
GUWAHATI, July 13 - “Amid the lockdown, we have already suffered a lot. Now the flood has posed a serious threat to us. Last night, floodwaters submerged our village and damaged all food stocks,” Nayan Das, a resident of Chandrapur area told The Assam Tribune.
The inundated Mayong-Chandrapur road as seen on Monday. – Photo: Samarendra Sarma
Following rising water level of the Brahmaputra, in the past 24 hours, floodwaters hit the eastern part of the Kamrup (Metro) district and inundated altogether 21 revenue villages.
Chandrapur Revenue Circle officer Bharat Konwar said that more than 18,000 persons were affected in the flood. The floodwaters also submerged the approaching road and campus of the Revenue Circle office. Notably, along with other parts of the Kamrup (Metro) district, Chandrapur area is also under total lockdown for the last 14 days.
Locals said that in Diphuji and Narani villages of the revenue circle, floodwaters affected more than 600 families. The flood affected a number of families in Tatimara village too.
“All the affected families are mainly daily wage labourers and farmers. Due to the ongoing lockdown, they have been reeling under acute financial hardship for last couple of months. Now the floodwaters have destroyed all the paddy cultivation,” Das said.
He alleged that even after 12 hours of the disaster, the district administration has not yet stepped in to help the affected people.
“At present, all we need is food, as the floodwaters have damaged all of our stored food grains. Now most of the people are taking shelter on the roads. So district administration should immediately set up some relief camps here,” Das added.
He added that many fisheries of the area also got affected in the floodwaters.
Gopal Bhattacharya, president of the Village Defence Party of Bonda-Panikhaiti area, said that on Monday evening, floodwaters also submerged the Guwahati-Morigaoin connecting road. The road was submerged by floodwaters in Chandrapur area too and the situation is deteriorating. For the flood-affected people, managing their livestock has also become a major issue.
Circle officer Konwar said that by Tuesday, district administration would distribute relief items among the flood-affected people and would also use SDRF personnel if needed.
Meanwhile, waterlogging was reported in Magzine, VIP and Juripar areas of Guwahati city on Monday, according to the daily flood report of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority.