DIBRUGARH, Sept 14 - All ferry services have been ordered closed following rise in the water level of the Brahmaputra in Dibrugarh district.
The surging waters that spilled over has flooded some six villages, including huge tracts of agricultural land within Chabua Revenue Circle.
Waters of the Brahmaputra were flowing above the danger level (marked at 105.70 metres). The water level, flowing on a rising trend, had touched 105.75 metres at 12 noon, sources in the district administration informed.
The flooded villages include Dhadia Sarihuti, Dhadia Kuligaon, Dhadia Tengabari, Dhadia Mahmora, Sarkholia Sapori and Sokia Sapori. A total of 6,442 people have been affected, while about 1.605 hectares of crops have been destroyed. About 18,938 heads of cattle have been adversely affected by the deluge. Among the affected are around 3,590 poultry birds too.
The district administration has rushed some 70.61 quintals of rice, 12.89 quintals of lentils, 3.87 quintals of salt and about 1,000 bottles of mineral water as relief to the affected people. A medical team along with a team from the Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Department will visit the affected areas tomorrow, stated sources in the district administration.