Assam Floods. No Respite As Several Major Rivers Flow Above Danger Mark. Over 16 Lakh People Affected.

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July 4, 2024 8:54 PM.

In Assam, there is no respite from the flood’s fury as several major rivers are flowing above the danger mark. The current wave of floods affected over 16 lakh people while road communication has been snapped at multiple locations. A report…

Rescue and relief measures have been intensified across the state as the current wave of floods severely affected life. Governor Gulab Chand Kataria, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, and Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal have visited flood-hit areas and met affected people.   All of them instructed the concerned officials to extend all possible help to flood-hit people. 

With 2,800 villages still reeling under flood water, around 3.87 lakh people have been shifted to relief camps and shelters. The weather office has predicted heavy to moderate rains in the next four to five days.

A total of eight people, including one each in Morigaon, Darrang, Golaghat, Biswanath, Tinsukia and Dibrugarh and two in Sonitpur, lost their lives due to floods yesterday. The death toll in this year’s floods has risen to 46. This apart, three persons are still missing in Sonitpur, Sivasagar and Golaghat.

According to the latest data released by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority, 2,800 villages under 105 revenue circles of 29 districts are currently submerged. A total of 16,25,089 people are affected due to floods. On the other hand, 39,451 hectares of agricultural land are submerged in floods.

Currently, 3.87 lakh flood victims have been shifted to the shelters and relief centres. Among which, 25,744 flood victims are in 181 shelter camps and 3,61,206 in 334 relief centres.

River Brahmaputra has been flowing 1.09 metres above the danger mark in Dhubri, 0.45 metres in Goalpara, 0.34 metres at Nimatighat in Jorhat, 1.13 metres in DC Court in Guwahati and 0.83 metres above the danger mark in Tezpur. Dhubri, Goalpara and Guwahati are witnessing an increase in the water level of River Brahmaputra, though Tezpur and Jorhat are likely to see a decline in water levels.

Barak river is flowing 0.87 metres and 0.54 metres above the danger mark at Barpurghat in Karimganj and Annapurnaghat in Cachar respectively and the water level of Barak is likely to rise at both places. The Katakhal river at Matijuli in Hailakandi and Dhaleshwari river at Gharmura are flowing 2.14 metres and 4.38 metres above the danger mark respectively.

The Kopili river is flowing 56.32 meters above the danger mark at Dharamtul in Morigaon. In Kampur, Nagaon too, the Kapili river is flowing at 61.91 metres, that is, 1.41 metres above the danger level (60.5 m). Similarly, at Nanglamuraghat in Sivasagar district, Dibang river is flowing 1.49 metre above the danger level (94.44 m). Dhansiri river at Numaligarh in Golaghat is flowing at 78.85 metres which is 0.43 metres above the danger mark (78.42). The water level of all these rivers is expected to rise.

On the other hand, in Sivasagar, the Dikhow river is flowing 1.73 meters above the danger level (92.4 m), that is 94.13 meters, but the water level is likely to recede. In Karimganj, the Kushiyara river is flowing at 16.13 meters, which is 1.19 meters above the danger level (14.94 meters). Similarly in Margherita of Tinsukia Burhi Dihing is flowing 1.13 meters above the danger mark (134.42 m) but the water level is likely to recede.

Arrangements has been made by the district administrations to give essential food items, drinking water and medical help to the people. A major portion of the Kaziranga National Park has been submerged and park authority intensified vigil to prevent poaching of wildlife.  So far 82 wild animals have been rescued by them. 

Rainfall to continue for next 4-5 days

According to the Guwahati based Regional Meteorological Centre’s weather forecast for the next 4 to 5 days, moderate rainfall will continue to lash most parts of Assam while a few areas will record heavy rainfall.