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8,63,000 hit by floods in four months
Staff reporter
 GUWAHATI, June 29 – Over 8, 63, 000 people of 1,206 villages in eleven districts of the State have been affected by floods during the past about four months. Official sources while revealing these figures, also told this newspaper that four persons were also reported drowned in flood-related incidents during the period.

Floodwaters of the rivers also damaged crop area of around 56,224 hectares, said the sources.

Meanwhile, according to Central Water Commission (CWC) sources, the Brahmaputra was found flowing above the danger level at Dibrugarh, Neamatighat and Dhubri this morning.

Its tributaries Burhidihing, Dekhow and Jia Bharali were also flowing above the danger level respectively at their Khowang, Sivasagar and NH Crossing gauge stations at that time, said the CWC sources.

The Brahmaputra was found to be maintaining a rising trend at Neamatighat, while the Burhidihing was found to be maintaining a similar trend at Khowang and the Jia Bharali was found maintaining the same trend at NH Crossing, said the CWC sources.

However, Regional Meteorology Centre (RMC) acting DDGM H Pathak said that during the next 24 hours, one or two places of the State are likely to experience heavy rainfall while many places of the NE region are likely to experience rains during the period

Compared to the Brahmaputra Valley Barak Valley is likely to experience more heavy rainfall during the period, said Pathak.

Meanwhile, the Dhemaji district administration has taken up measures to prepare the residents of the vulnerable areas for the natural calamities like flood in view of the recent devastations caused by the floods in the district. The lives of the people of this once prosperous district have now become miserable in the face of the recurring devastations caused by the floods.

The district administration of Dhemaji with the support from the State Disaster Management Authority is conducting training in first aid and rescue in the villages. Besides, it is also preparing a social-cum-safe area map for the district.

Around 500 vulnerable villages have been covered so far under the above training programme, since January last. Each of these villages has been provided with training so as to enable them to form their own disaster management committees and to choose their volunteers for the first aid and rescue operations, said district administration sources.

A team of the National Disaster Response Force comprising 30 personnel, is also camping near the Chawldhowa Ghat of the district, said the sources.

The district has a stock of 40,000 quintals of rice at present and it is stated to be enough to meet the demand of its people for a period of two months. It has also sufficient stocks of medicine, veterinary medicine, pesticide and water purifiers and sufficient numbers of raised platforms have also been kept ready, among others, to meet any eventuality of flood, said the sources.

The owners of about 60 country boats have been asked to cooperate with the district administration as and when required.

The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has been asked by the Dhemaji district administration to expedite the construction of the four under-construction RCC bridges on NH-52 near Samarajan. The three existing Bailey bridges would be replaced with these RCC bridges, said the sources.

In cases of emergency, the Machkhowa-Ghilamora PWD Road and the Narowathan-Ghilamora PWD Road are used as alternative roads, said the sources.

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