|Goalpara town reeling under flood|
GOALPARA, July 16 - Flood waters from river Brahmaputra, which is flowing above the danger level at 37.30 mtrs, continued to create havoc after inundating a large tracts of Goalpara town. According to information available, the situation is aggravating as water level continued to rise in the residential areas of Baniapara, Bhatipara, Kalitapara, Badiarpara, Joydoba, Gotanagar, 1 & 2 no. colony of the town and the catchment areas of river Brahmaputra.
Local residents are experiencing the worst flooding in a decade as heavy rainfall in the last few days have pushed the river Brahmaputra beyond its banks and some residents have moved to safer places after flood waters entered their houses.
Meanwhile, the response of the Goalpara Municipality Board to the current wave of flood in the town has been viewed negatively and found wanting by the local residents as no officials were available to assess the flood situation and provide relief materials to those who were worst hit by the flood waters in the municipality area.
Meanwhile according to a flood bulletin, flood waters have submerged 218 villages affecting 1,92,010 people in the district. A total of 24 relief camps have been set up by the district administration. Also, crop areas of 4994 hectares under Lakhipur Revenue Circle and 95 hectares under Ranjuli Revenue Circle and a total of 60,699 animals have been affected by flood waters. All the major rivers i.e., Krishnai, Jinari and Dudhnoi are in spate and the water level continued to rise as per official reports.