Flood toll touches 20 in Assam

Watery grave: Eighteen districts in state remain affected

Flood toll touches 20 in Assam

Two more people met their watery graves on Saturday evening in the Barpeta and Sivasagar districts, taking the toll due to flooding to 20 in Assam.

The floods refused to recede in 18 districts across the state, where 16 lakh other remain affected.

The situation in some areas like South Kamrup improved over the weekend, with the water level of the Brahmaputra receding. But it was still above the danger-level, and hundreds of houses in over 10 villages under the Palasbari and Chhaygaon Revenue Circles in the district are still affected.

Thousands of families, who had taken shelter in relief camps or highlands, are yet to return to their homes. The flood has left a trail of destruction, destroying homes, livestock, poultry and standing crops.

Official sources maintain that three land spurs, which were constructed between 2004 and 2009 in the Simina and Guimara villages under the Palasbari Assembly constituency, have been getting eroded, and the authorities concerned have not taken any action to check this erosion so far.

The three land spurs used to act as a barrier against erosion for the people living in the riverine areas of the Palasbari constituency.

Kamrup Deputy Commissioner Dr J Balaji on Wednesday visited the areas of Guimara and Simina villages that were ravaged flood and erosion, and directed the officials concerned to expedite the distribution of relief materials to the flood-affected people at Futuri, Simina, Guimara, Bardia, Bhatkhowadia, Kalapani, Pagladia, Bherbheri and other villages under the Palasbari constituency this week.

Palasbari Revenue Circle Officer Kamaljit Talukdar, who also visited the villages, said efforts are under way to start anti-erosion work in the vulnerable areas of Palasbari.

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