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Flood scene grim in Barpeta dist
Correspondent
 BARPETA, June 16 Flood has taken a serious turn in Barpeta district and more than one lakh people have been affected. Tributaries of the Brahmaputra such as Pahumara, Palla, Kaldia, Burhadiya and Tihu have breached embankments and ring bunds at several places and caused devastation in the district for the third consecutive day today. Road communication in most of the areas of the district has been completely disrupted as most roads have been either submerged or washed away by the floodwaters.

 The Kaldiya has breached a ring bund at Bhaktardaba and has submerged more than 25 villages in the western part of Paka Mouza in the district. The Tihu and Burhadiya have eroded embankments at several places between Kalatali and Era Kacharipara and have caused havoc in the eastern part of Barpeta subdivision.

Thousands of people have to be evacuated and rescued due to the rising trend of the rivers. The Pahumara broke its embankment near Kenduguri while Palla also breached its embankment at several places, creating havoc in the northern part of the district. However, the Brahmaputra and the Beki have not eroded or breached embankments at any place till the filing of this report. But the Beki embankment at Narayanguri and the Brahmaputra embankment at Fulbari have become vulnerable due to heavy erosion which need instant attention on the part of the authorities concerned.

The Sarthebari circle in the district is the worst affected with Paka Mouza under the circle facing extreme flood fury. Almost 100 villages under this circle have been submerged by the floodwaters and reports of inundation of new areas are pouring in. Almost 50 villages under the Barpeta circle are under floodwater while almost an equal number are reeling under the deluge in Baghbar and Sarupeta circles. The total number of the population affected in all the circles will cross one lakh with total households of more than 20,000.

More than 1,000 hectares of cropland have been damaged. If the cropland affected is taken into

account, the damage would stand at more than Rs 10 crore. Fish farnimg in the district has suffered a major setback with more than 50 per cent of the fisheries being washed away. Road communication between Howli and Barpeta and Bhabanipur and Barpeta has been disrupted since this morning as both these roads have been submerged by floodwaters.

The district administration is keeping a vigil on the situation and making full-scale preparations to meet any eventualities in the days to come.

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