Golaghat: Altogether 91 villages in Golaghat have been affected in the wave of flood that hit the district after NEEPCO released excess water from the reservoir of the Doyang Hydro Electric Project situated in Wokha district of Nagaland on July 27. As per latest reports, the Brahmaputra at Dhansirimukh is flowing 0.24 m above the danger level and the Dhansiri at Numaligarh is flowing about three metres above the danger level. The district administration has stepped up rescue and rehabilitation efforts and has been providing relief material to the flood-affected people.
Around 130 rescue personnel, comprising four teams of the Fire and Emergency Services and State Disaster Response Force (around 50 personnel) and three teams of the National Disaster Response Force, are currently engaged in rescue operations in different parts of the district. Another NDRF team is on its way to aid rescue efforts in the district. Over 2,000 persons were evacuated from flood-affected areas in the last 24 hours in operations carried out at various locations of the district. A total of 14 IR boats have been pressed into service to carry out the rescue operations.
As per reports of the last 24 hours, 13 villages under Khumtai revenue circle, 12 villages under Sarupathar revenue circle, 12 villages in Merapani subdivision (Gomariguri Development Block), 12 villages under Golaghat revenue circle, 17 villages under Morongi revenue circle, 18 villages under Bokakhat revenue circle and 7 villages in border area (Sector B) have been affected in this flood. The total number of affected people in the district is at 54,135. Altogether 2185.64 hectares of agricultural land is currently under water while total livestock affected is 11,798 (5,870 big animals, 3,428 small animals and 2,500 poultry). Till date, 62 relief camps and distribution centres have been set up in the district and a total number of 20,205 people are currently living in these relief camps.
So far, 362.974 quintals of rice, 67.613 quintals of dal, 19.1665 quintals of salt and 1060.835 litres of mustard oil along with other items such as infant food, chira (beaten rice), gur (jaggery), mosquito coils and candles have been distributed among the flood-affected people.