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Lakhs hit by floods across State

A total of 52 families have been marooned in the river island of Chenimora-Kolbari in the middle of the Subansiri river under Banhgora-Dhunaguri gaon panchayat in Lakhimpur district due to the floods. – Photo: North Lakhimpur Correspondent
 SIVASAGAR, July 13 - Many villages in Desungmukh and West Panidihing have been inundated by floods following incessant rain in the catchment areas of the Desung, Dikhow, Deroi, Mitong and Demow rivers in Sivasagar district.

 Deputy Commissioner Lakhinandan Gogoi, Revenue Circle Officer Indika Gogoi and Demow BDO Benudhar Taye visited West Panidihing and instructed officials to arrange relief measures. Gogoi also visited Dikhowmukh Alimur Mising gaon, Rupohimukh, Janmiri Bargaon on boat and reviewed the conditions. The historic Ramkhapeeth Dewalay has been inundated, and the villagers are in dire need of drinking water and cattle fodder.

Congress leader Sushanta Borgohain visited Majumalia, Demowmukh villages under Thowra LAC, and urged the government to take care of the affected villagers. Sivasagar Zila Parishad president Dhrubajyoti Mout and BJP leaders Bhaben Mohan, Prajal Kotoky also visited flood-affected villages in Konwarpur mouza.

MANGALDAI: The Orang National Park and Tiger Reserve in Darrang district has been hit again by floods. The overflowing water of the Brahmaputra and Dhansiri has inundated 70 per cent of the forest area. Out of the 40 forest protection camps, more than 28 have been affected.

The wild animals are having a tough time moving to high lands for shelter. With the risk of poaching of straying rhinos and other wild animals, the forest staff has intensified vigilance on foot, elephants and country boats. However, till now, no casualty of wild animals has been reported. “Forest guards are on duty from dawn to dusk for any possible casualty and rescue of wild animals,” said Mangaldai Wildlife Division DFO BV Sandeep.

KALAIGAON: The breaching of embankments at three places by three overflowing rivers has badly affected 23 villages under Kalaigaon Revenue Circle. Embankments were breached at Rupatal by Noa river, at Bhokelikanda by Kulsi river and Gerua by Moranadi river. Torrential rainfall in the Bhutan hills have led to the floods.

Kalaigaon Revenue Circle Officer Biraj Kumar Barua said 6,210 bighas of agricultural land have been damaged, and 5,416 people affected by flood in Kalaigaon, as per official records. A relief camp has been set up at Bholabari LP School for 135 people, of which 70 are women and 65 are children. Circle Officer Barua said nine houses were washed away by floods, while 370 were partially damaged. A medical team has been deployed in the relief camp and all the inmates entering the camp have to undergo thermal scanning.

DERGAON: As many as 1,08,353 people of 76 villages in Golaghat district have been affected by floods caused by rising water of the Brahmaputra and Gelabeel.

A Golaghat district administration source said 50 villages have been affected under Bokakhat revenue circle, 20 in Khumtai and six in Dergaon circle. As many as 1,220.55 hectares of crop area have been submerged – 450.05 hectares in Bokakhat, 620.50 hectares in Khumtai and 150 hectares in Dergaon.

An estimated population of 1,08,353 have been affected – 65,500 from Bokakhat, 34,750 from Khumtai and 8,103 in Dergaon. About 11,880 domestic animals have also been affected.

DIPRO Papu Gogoi said seven relief camps have been opened in Bokakhat – No. 1 Hatikhuli LP School (Mazline), No. 2 Hatikhuli LP School (Bindalal), Diffoloo Pathar HS School, Neheru LP School, Pub Kuruabahi ME School, Geleki ME School, Borjuri Bagicha LP School and Methoni LP School.

A total of 37 distribution centres have been opened in Bokakhat, where there are 830 inmates.

To provide health care support, two medical teams have been deployed. Golaghat Deputy Commissioner Bibhash Chandra Modi has urged people in the flood-affected areas to be alert and contact the district administration for help, and to dial toll-free number 1077 for any emergency.

BISWANATH CHARIALI: More than 50 families in Lauguti village have been submerged, and SDRF forces have relocated the families to safer places. Most of the roads in the southern part of Gohpur have been cut off from communication.

The Magni Paken road and the Barangabari-Charangiya-Dathkala road have been flooded. The road leading from Barangabari to Kalyani Devalaya has also been damaged.

Many small tea gardens in Dipra, Mail Bazaar are also flooded. Hundreds of poor peasant families in Gohpur subdivision have been devastated by the Brahmaputra waters. The Brahma Jan, Balijan, Chatrang, Kukurjan and hilly rivers flowing through Gohpur are also leading to the damage.

As a result of a breach in the Kukurjan river dyke, a large number of people have been affected. A breach in the Brahmajan river dyke has caused extensive damage to many other villages. The village of Tongana has been submerged due to lack of drainage system, which was blocked due to construction of a four-lane road.

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