GUWAHATI, June 24 – Assam’s flood situation deteriorated today as incessant rains breached embankments inundating several villages, vast tracts of cropland and affecting nearly two lakh people, reports PTI.
The current deluge has so far claimed eight lives in the State and nearly two lakh people have been affected, official sources said.
Altogether 14 districts have been affected by the floods. The districts are Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Barpeta, Kamrup (Rural), Baksa, Sonitpur, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Nalbari, Nagaon, Morigaon and Dhubri.
The sources said the Brahmaputra river and its tributaries are in spate and flowing above the danger mark at several places in the 15 affected districts of the state.
The water level of the river was also rising alarmingly in Tinsukia and Dibrugarh districts and Dibru-Saikhowa National Park, famous for its ferral horses and white-winged wood duck, has been inundated, forcing animals to move to safer uplands.
In Jorhat district, the rising water level of Bhogdoi river breached the embankment at Bormer, inundating 20 villages and roads in different parts of the district.
Our Dhemaji correspondent adds:Incessant rains for several days on the upper reaches of neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh have caused flash floods in Jiadhal and West Dhemaji areas where at least 40 villages are under water. The surging waters of the Jiadhal river inaundated almost 40 villages in the two areas affecting many portions of inner link roads of the areas.