Flood situation critical in 6 districts of Assam

Guwahati, September 16 (PTI): Flood situation in Assam’s six of the affected districts remained critical Sunday with the Brahmaputra river and some of its tributaries maintaining a rising trend, official sources said.


There has been no casualty in this wave of flood so far.


The current wave of flood has affected 1,42,335 people in the districts of Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Golaghat, Majuli and Dibrugarh, according to a report by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA).


The Brahmaputra was flowing above the danger level at Nematighat, Tezpur and Dhubri, the Dhansiri in Golaghat and Jia Bharali in Sonitpur.


The authorities of the affected districts have set up 26 relief camps where 585 people have taken shelter so far.


The current wave of flood has damaged 11,532 hectares of crop land while 14,384 big animals, 7,341 small animals and 5,548 poultry have also been affected, the ASDMA said.


Infrastructural damages of road and bridges have been reported from Lakhimpur district and is being assessed in other districts, it said.


The floods have been caused owing to incessant rains in neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh that raised the water level of Brahmaputra river and its tributaries downstream.


Earlier this year, 52 people lost their lives in floods and landslides.
Arunachal flash flood toll rises to five


With the recovery of one more body, the death toll in flash flood and landslides in Arunachal Pradesh rose to five while a girl was still missing, an official said Sunday. The body of 32-year-old Mary Beyong of Modirijo who went missing since Friday, was retrieved by Banderdewa Police and NDRF team from Dikrongn river at Nepali Gaon near No 2 Pithaguri village in Assams Lakhimpur district on Saturday night, Capital Deputy Commissioner Prince Dhawan said.


However, a 10-year-old girl was still missing though search and rescue teams were on the job to trace her, the DC said.


Flash flood and landslides triggered by incessant rains in the past few days, ravaged several parts of the state capital on Friday morning washing away 26 houses, while over 60 houses were fully or partially damaged at affected sites like Modirijo, Donyi Polo area, Chandra Nagar, Lobi, GSS Police colony, Press colony, he said.


The approach road to Modirijo has been completely washed away while half of the culvert has been reported to be damaged in Donyi polo area. Itanagar MLA Techi Kaso and the DC distributed relief materials to the victims whose houses were totally washed away or damaged. A medical team also participated in the relief mission and provided first aid, conducted health check-up of all those injured at Modirijo and Donyi Polo Colony. Mobile ambulance has also been activated for any medical emergency, the DC added.