Floods hit 226 villages in upper Assam

Outskirts of Guwahati affected

Floods hit 226 villages in upper Assam

The flood situation in upper Assam has worsened with about 3.2 lakh people being severely affected under the South Salmara-Mankachar (Hatsingimari) sub-division in the Dhubri district so far.

A report submitted by the sub-division to the principal secretary of the state revenue & Disaster Management Department Wednesday evening indicated that a total of 49,880 hectares of land in and around 226 villages have been inundated with 20 villages partially washed away as well.

“Thus far, around 206 villages under the sub-division have not been hit badly though marooned. Fresh rush of water even claimed a life at Fajirganj area of the district,” the report added. A total of 30 villages have been evacuated and the people have moved to higher areas to protect themselves from the fury of flood waters.

Road communication has been severely disrupted as most of the roads have been damaged, while several embankments have also developed cracks, said another official in the Hatsingimari sub-division.

Despite the severity of the situation, he said, “We have not received relief materials and no rescue work has been initiated in the area.” 

Meanwhile, the Dhubri-based Central Water Resources Department said the Brahmaputra has been flowing above the danger mark and it is expected to rise further in the next 36 hours.

In Barpeta district, the swollen Brahmaputra inundated 13 more villages.  In all, about 135 villages under Chenga, Baghbar, Barpeta and revenue circle have been affected by floods. District officials said the Brahmaputra is flowing 1.22 metres above danger mark.

Several other rivers like Beki, Nakhanda and Mora Chowlkhowa are also flowing above the danger mark, adding to the woes of the people in Dhubri district.

South Kamrup hit

At south Kamrup on the outskirts of the city, the flood situation has worsened with an alarming rise in the water level of the Brahmaputra river, triggering panic among the residents of over 20 villages in Palasbari, Hajo and Chhaygaon local assembly constituencies of the district. Official sources said over 10,000 families have been suffering the brunt of the  floods. 

Fresh erosion has also been reported at Makadhuj village under Palasbari-Gumi Project (Water Resources) Division and over 200 metre segment of the Palasbari-Gumi embankment at Makadhuj village could be breached any time. 

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