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Floods hit 14 lakh people in 16 dists
STAFF REPORTER/CORRESPONDENTS
 GUWAHATI, Sept 24 – The overall flood situation in the State has worsened further with nearly 14 lakh people in 1,972 villages under 63 revenue circles of 16 districts reeling under flood.

In Tinsukia district, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and Army have been pressed into service to assist the civil administration in rescue and relief operations. In Sonitpur and Kamrup district, NDRF personnel are deployed to assist the civil administrations in rescue and relief operations.

Meanwhile, at the directive of Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, Minister for Revenue and Disaster Management, Prithivi Majhi has asked the ministers concerned of the flood-affected districts to monitor the flood situation and to take up rescue and relief measures on a war-footing.

Chief Minister Gogoi rang up Majhi from Tokyo this morning and instructed him to closely monitor the situation and to take all possible rescue and relief measures in all the flood-affected districts. Majhi has asked the ministers concerned of the flood-affected districts to act as per the directive of the Chief Minister.

Jorhat: Breaking all former records, this time flood has created havoc in the river island Majuli, compelling multitudes to take shelter in those higher places still remaining above the water level along with their domestic animals and whatever of the property they could manage to salvage. Thousands of families in the river island have been spending their time under the open sky without a small temporary shed overhead.

The district administration has been airdropping relief materials among the flood-affected people of Majuli. A nine-member NDRF team has been carrying out rescue operations in the river island.

Almost 100 per cent of the total landmass of the river island has been submerged by the water of the swollen Brahmaputra, affecting 95 per cent of the total population. According to a source, more than 1,80,000 people of 200 villages in the river island have been affected by the flood till the filing of this report. Likewise, more than 13000 hectares of agricultural cropland have gone under water.

Power connection to the river island has remained shut down since last Saturday for fear of electrocution, except in some higher places.

The 41 prisoners of the Majuli District Jail were transferred to the Jorhat Central Jail this afternoon as the jail in Majuli went under flood water.

Last night, the flood water washed away the PWD road connecting Kamalabari with Mohkina and Auniati, along with 14 houses.

Talking to this correspondent, Jorhat DC Ramesh Chand Jain said that Jorhat district administration has been taking all possible means to support the flood-affected people in the district. “As some areas in the river island have remained inaccessible by boats and ferries, the district administration has been conducting airdropping of relief materials today to the people confined in such areas,” he informed.

Two teams of physicians have been sent to the flood-affected areas in both the revenue circles of Jorhat district. Altogether 376.54 quintals of rice, 66.45 quintals of lentil and 17.01 quintals of salt have been distributed among the flood victims of both the revenue circles of the district.

Kohora: The situation in Kaziranga turned critical today with about 95 per cent of the national park’s total area being affected by flood water. Over 70 forest camps have witnessed a rise in the water level from two feet to five feet.

The flood has also affected more than twenty villages and 115 forest camps in and around Kaziranga National Park. The forest authorities have shifted the forest staff from 16 worst hit forest camps. About seven hog deer, three wild boars, one sambar deer and two rhinos including a calf, have died due to flood till filing of this report.

Meanwhile, one Chandana Gogoi was killed after being knocked down by a night super bus around 10.30 pm yesterday while trying to cross NH-37 at Diring Chariali along with his cattle to a safer place in order to escape the flood water. Three cattleheads were also killed in the accident.

Tezpur: Along with the rest of the state, Sonitpur district too has been witnessing flood fury. Water from the swollen Brahmaputra has inundated many villages including Puthimari, Baruadalani, Pithakhwa, Jakarwa Chuburi, Kamarchuburi, Bhalukekhwa, Barwadoloni, Bihaguri and Rangamati under Bihaguri development block in the district. Huge tracts of cropland have also been damaged by flood water. Communication between the affected areas and other parts of the district has remained badly affected.

In Sotea more than 250 villages were inundated by fresh flood water of the Brahmaputra this afternoon. Flood water has posed a serious threat to NH-52 near Gereki area in Sotea under Nadwar circle.

District administration sources informed here that a total of 45 relief camps have been set up wherein about 42000 flood-affected people of greater Nadwar area have been sheltered. Officials from the district administration rushed to the affected areas and visited the relief camp inmates.

In Tezpur town, the historic Bishnu Rabha Samanaya Khetra was submerged by the flood water of the Brahmaputra today. Putul Rabha, in-charge of the Samanaya Khetra alleged that the Brahmaputra has posed a serious threat to the park as no measures have been taken by the authorities concerned to protect the memorial spot.

On the other hand, the Army’s Gajraj Corps informed in a press release that its personnel are continuing with relief operations in the flood-affected across the State.

Twenty-one specialized flood relief task forces of the Army with equipment and rescue boats are carrying out flood relief operations in Sotea subdivision of Sonitpur district. Army helicopters have also been pressed into service and a large number of sorties were carried out for distribution of 2.5 tonnes of food packets among the flood victims.

Army has rescued till date more than 6000 flood-affected people and shifted them to relief camps established by the civil administration and NGOs.

Dibrugarh: As the water levels in the Brahmaputra and its tributaries continue to remain high, there was no let-up in the flood scenario in the district for the fifth day today.

Food items such as rice, lentils and salt were distributed in various relief camps set up by the district administration in the flood-affected areas, but there was nothing for the livestock. “Fodder for cattle will be distributed tomorrow,” Anukur Bharali, Circle Officer, Dibrugarh (West) revenue circle said. The dead body of a woman was also recovered from Bogibeel area, Bharali said.

Flood victims have found home on roads and other unaffected areas, but there has been no shelter for cattle of hundreds of farmers.

Hundreds of starving livestock – cows, buffaloes, goats, birds etc., were seen drenched in rain in several areas in Larua mouza and in Chabua areas. Meanwhile, medical teams and veterinary officials have been pressed for duty in the flood-afected areas, officials said.

North Lakhimpur: The pre-autumnal flood scene in Lakhimpur district remained unchanged today with damage of several roads and bridges and destruction of agricultural lands in different parts of the district.

The rivers flowed above the danger levels at various places in the past twenty-four hours. According to district administration sources, the flood has affected 29 villages in Narayanpur revenue circle, 40 in Bihpuria revenue circle, 41 in North Lakhimpur revenue circle and 16 villages in Nowboicha revenue circle. The flood also destroyed 1050 hectares of agricultural land in Narayanpur and 630 hectares in Bihpuria revenue circle areas.

The expansive area of Bar Ali from Bangalmara to Bihpuria was flooded by the swollen Dikrong today. Flood water of Dikrong also damaged the 178/1 bridge on the Bihpuria-Dikrong Ferryghat road today.

The Lakhimpur district administration has dispatched relief materials to the flood-affected areas. According to information posted by the North East Electric Power Corporation on its website today, the Ranganadi dam over river Ranganadi in Yazali, Arunachal Pradesh has partially opened its third gate releasing 224.288 Cumecs of water inflow (at 1530 hours) onto the downstream of the river at the water level of 567.000 metres at 1700 hours.

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