GUWAHATI, Sept 23 – Two more districts have been affected by the current wave of floods raising the number of flood-hit districts to 16 and that of the flood-hit revenue circles to 55. Over 10 lakh people in 1,604 villages are reeling under floodwaters.
According to the official flood bulletin of the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) here this evening, the flood-hit districts include – Baksa, Barpeta, Darrang, Dhemaji, Dibrugarh, Golaghat, Jorhat, Kamrup, Kamrup(M), Lakhimpur, Morigaon, Nagaon, Nalbari, Sivasagar, Sonitpur, Tinsukia.
The flood-hit revenue circles are – Barama, Tamulpur, Goreswar and Baganpara in Baksa, Bajali, Barpeta and Chenga in Barpeta, Sipajhar, Mangaldoi in Darrang, Dhemaji, Gogamukh, Jonai,and Sissiborgaon in Dhemaji, Dibrugarh (E), Dibrugarh (W) and Chabua in Dibrugarh Bokakhat.
A PTI report adds: In Dibru-Saikhowa National Park in upper Assam’s Tinsukia district, two elephant calves were today swept away with the flood waters, submerging a major portion of the park famed for its endangered animal species and wet evergreen forests, sources said.
The surging waters of the swollen rain-fed Brahmaputra and its tributaries overran fresh areas affecting an estimated five lakh people in Dibrugarh, Sonitpur, Tinsukia, Golaghat, Morigaon, Dhemaji, Kamrup (Rural), Lakhimpur, Baksa, Barpeta, Jorhat, Nalbari, Sivasagar and Udalguri districts, the sources said.
In Sonitpur district, the Army and National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) were assisting the district administration in rescue and relief operations, pressing into service 10 special boats where road communication has been snapped by the deluge, district Deputy Commissioner Tapan Chandra Sarma said.
Tinsukia district administration has airlifted 100 marooned people in waterlogged Sadiya subdivision’s Paanch Mile area and Army helicopters were airdropping food items there.
In Golaghat district, 75 per cent of the rhino habitat Kaziranga National Park, along with its 126 anti-poaching camps were under water with the animals there forced to take shelter on high platforms constructed inside the Park or move across to the hills of Karbi Anglong district, KNP authorities said.
Our Jorhat Correspondent adds: The river island Majuli was almost submerged under the monstrous flood today by the river water entering it through the breached portion of the embankment at Sonowal Kachari of Ujani Majuli. More than 70 metres of the Jengrai-Haladhibari PWD road, which prevented the flood water to enter from that side was washed away by the forceful currents of Brahmaputra yesterday.
The entire river island including the central places like Garmurh and Kamalabari have been reeling under water. The water entered the houses, government offices, and educational institutes in Majuli. The flood entered the SDO office and the Majuli District Jail. The 41 inmates of the jail would be transferred to the Jorhat Central Jail tomorrow.
“Though the prisoners were supposed to be sent to Jorhat Central Jail today, due to communication problem they will be sent by a special ferry tomorrow”, a source stated.
Only a few embankments and PWD roads have remained above the water level on which people and cattle have been taking shelter. The amount of loss of lives and property due to the flood is yet to be ascertained.
Two National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have been carrying out rescue operation in the river island. But in front of the monstrous natural calamity, only two rescue teams seems not enough to ensure the security to the people all over the island.
As the ferry service to the river island was stopped some three days ago, there had been scarcity of food stuff in Majuli. When contacted, Jorhat DC Ramesh Chand Jain informed that as many as 1500 quintals of rice had been sent to Majuli during these days. Another 1000 quintals will be sent tomorrow, he said.
Our Dibrugarh Staff Correspondent add: There has been no respite from the turbulent Brahmaputra and its tributaries in the district here with two more human lives being lost today.
One Boboi Goala (55) of Dighali Dholoni Gorudharia village under Dibrugarh (West) revenue circle was drowned in the flood water while collecting fodder for his cattle while Mantu Sabor (30) of Sealkotea tea estate under Chabua revenue circle drowned in surging Sessa river. Mantu Sabor’s body has not yet been recovered, Reena Mech, local Circle Officer said. The death toll in the district has gone up to four here.
Although officials failed to give any account on the loss of cattle in the district, several carcasses of livestock were seen floating in the Brahmaputra near Mohannaghat and Koilaghat near the city here today.
DoNER Minister Paban Singh Ghatowar today visited the flood affected villages in Lezai, Gorudhoria, Bogibeel, Mohannaghat and Koilaghat in the district to assess the flood situation. He also doled out Rs 10,000 to the next of kin of deceased Boboi Goala in Gorudharia. Ghatowar told this newspaper that Rs 1,50,000 would distributed from the State Government to the next of kin of all those who lost their dear ones in flood related incidents.