Assam: Fresh wave of floods affect 1.39 lakh


Incessant rains in Arunachal Pradesh have triggered fresh wave of floods in at least six districts of Assam raising the water level of the Brahmaputra River and its tributaries downstream on Saturday, affecting more than one lakh people, official sources said.

An Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) report said Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Barpeta, Majuli and Dibrugarh districts have been hit by the deluge affecting 12 revenue circles with 337 villages.

No death was reported during the fresh floods even as the previous two together claimed 50 lives, including 42 in floods and eight in landslides, said ASDMA.

The floods have inundated 11,243 hectares of agricultural land with standing crops in four districts, affecting 12,428 people as the Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger level at Neamatighat in Jorhat and Tezpur in Sonitpur district, the report said.

Out of the 1,38,985 people affected, Dhemaji was the worst-affected with at least 78,098 people reeling under the impact of the floods, besides 29,546 in Majuli, 17,593 in Biswanath, 8,322 in Dibrugarh, 4,586 in Lakhimpur and 840 in Barpeta districts.

The Lakhimpur district administration has sounded a flood alert as NEEPCO (North Eastern Electric Power Corporation Ltd) in Arunachal Pradesh released water from its hydel power dam into Ranganadi river in Assam due to the rising water level, sources said.

So far, 126 persons were evacuated in Lakhimpur, ASDMA said.

Nine relief camps have been set up in Dhemaji and Lakhimpur, the report said, adding that 585 persons were taking shelter there.

According to a Central Water Commission (CWC) report, rivers Dhansiri at Numaligarh in Golaghat; Jia Bharali at N T Road Crossing in Sonitpur; and Beki at Road Bridge in Barpeta were flowing above the danger level.

The sources said around 25 metres of railway track has been breached at Panitola Block Gaon in Dhemaji, affecting movement of railway traffic.

Roads, bamboo bridges and culverts were also damaged in the affected districts.

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