GUWAHATI, Sept 25 – Over 17.60 lakh people in 2,055 villages under 69 revenue circles of 16 districts of the State are hit by the current wave of floods. In all, 18 persons have been reported dead and seven are reported missing due to the current wave of flood in the State. In 421 relief camps set up to shelter the flood-affected people, over 3.84 lakh people are taking shelter, said Agriculture Minister Nilamani Sen Deka while talking to this newspaper. Deka is also an official spokesman of the Government.
The Minister, along with Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Prithivi Majhi and Chief Secretary Naba Kumar Das aerially surveyed the flood-hit areas of Tinsukia and Dibrugarh districts and the Majuli Sub-division of Jorhat district today.
The Minister said that water level of the rivers in Tinsukia and Dibrugarh are receding. However, the situation in Majuli is still grim, he said.
Meanwhile, Brahmaputra floodwaters have entered Chenga, Jania, Baghbor, etc., areas of Barpeta district, the Minister added.
According to the Central Water Commission (CWC) flood bulletin this evening, the Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger level at Neamatighat (86.21 metre), Tezpur (65.97 metre), Guwahati (50.67 metre), Goalpara (36.67 metre) and Dhubri (29.58 metre). At Goalpara and Dhubri, the river is maintaining a rising trend, while at Tezpur and Guwahati it is maintaining a steady trend and at Neamatighat it is maintaining a falling trend, said the bulletin.
Three tributaries of the Brahmaputra – Subansiri, Dhansiri (S) and Jia Bharali – are also flowing above the danger level respectively at Badatighat, Numaligarh and NT Road Crossing (Sonitpur).
According to the official flood bulletin of the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) here this evening five persons in Tinsukia district, four persons in Morigaon district, two each in Dibrugarh and Dhemaji districts and one each in Darrang, Golaghat, Sivasagar, Nagaon and Kamrup districts have been reported dead due to flood. Six of the seven persons reported missing due to flood belonged to Tinsukia and one belonged to Dibrugarh district, said the SDMA flood bulletin.
Our Correspondents add:
Biswanath Chariali: The flood situation in Biswanath Chariali, Naduar and Gohpur Revenue Circles remained grim even today. 9,000 people have been shifted from Sootea to Biswanath.
One Ikramul Hussain (40) and Kutub Miya (55) drowned in the strong current today. Meanwhile Akhima Khatun (14) and Tajmina Khatun (7) of Baralimara, who fell from an Army boat yesterday, have remained untraced.
Goalpara: The Brahmaputra, at 36.66 mtrs here this evening, is flowing .39 cm above danger level and at present it is continuing to rise @ 1cm/hr inundating some fresh low lying areas in the district. According to the District Disaster Management Authority, around 700 affected people have taken shelter at higher grounds under Balijana circle.
Meanwhile, under Lakhipur Circle, flood waters have submerged roads affecting communication between Dhumerghat and Lakhipur.