|Record 12 lakh people hit by floods in Barpeta district|
BARPETA July 16 - Barpeta is facing the worst-ever situation in the current wave of floods as more and more areas are getting submerged each moment. Reports of breach of embankments and dykes as well as roads are pouring in every day and people are getting panicky.
Till now 12,15,672 people living in 660 villages have been affected. According to available records, this is the highest number of population and submerged villages in a single wave of floods. Though the district has faced a number of floods during the last fifty years, no one of them had reached such a stage.
All the rivers flowing through the district are flowing above their danger mark, the highest being the mighty Brahmaputra at about two meters. It clearly indicates that there is no sign of improvement, but the situation will only aggravate during the next few days.
Till now, there is only one road in the district which has not been submerged by flood. The road from Sarthebari to Barpeta via Byaskuchi and Chenga has only been spared by the flood. Barpeta, the district headquarters has become isolated for the last three days as all the roads except one, have either been inundated or washed away by the strong current of water. The residential areas of the town have also been submerged by water and only a small portion of the Bazar remains to be flooded now.
Condition of the people, especially those living in remote and interior areas of the district is beyond description. Though the administration has supplied relief materials among the affected people, these are not sufficient to meet the requirement.
Even the MLA Barpeta and president of Asom Gana Parishad, Barpeta district committee Gunindranath Das has alleged insufficient relief for flood victims.
No electricity for 48 hours: The Assam Power Distribution Company Limited has suspended supply of electricity to the flood-affected areas of the district for the last two days. Lack of power supply has caused numerous problems to the people. A number of transformers and power stations are under flood waters and it is learnt that there is no hope of regular supply of electricity till the flood subsides.