GUWAHATI/GOALPARA: During the last 24 hours, one person lost his life in Dhemaji district while two children met their watery graves in two different rivers of Goalpara district due to the rising water level and river current, taking the overall toll to nine.
A 13-year-old child identified as Ranu Sangma, son of Karnesh Marak of Matia Refugee Camp, was washed away at Garoparaghat of Dudhnoi River when he was trying to cross it along with a bundle of crops. In the third incident, Forida Khatun, a four-year baby, accidentally fell in the Joljoli river, a tributary of the Brahmaputra, and lost her life. She was a resident of Simlitola NC of East Goalpara.
The floods have so far affected 14, 06, 71 people in 2168 villages under 80 revenue circles in 25 districts. The districts worst affected are Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Sonitpur, Darrang, Baksa, Barpeta, Nalbari, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Goalpara, Morigaon, Hojai, Nagaon, Golaghat, Majuli, Jorhat, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh, West Karbi Anglong, Kamrup, Cachar, Dhubri, and Tinsukia, stated a release of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority.
The rivers flowing above the danger level are the Brahmaputra in Jorhat, Sonitpur, Kamrup, Goalpara, and Dhubri; Burhidehing in Dibrugarh; Subansiri in Lakhimpur; Dhansiri in Golaghat; Jia Bhoroli in Sonitpur; Kapili in Nagaon; Puthimari in Kamrup; Beki in Barpeta; Barak in Cachar and Karimganj; Kushiyara in Karimganj; and the Katakhal in Hailakandi.
The teams of NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) and SDRF (State Disaster Response Force) have been pressed into service in the flood-affected areas for search and rescue operation.
Presently, 62 Relief Camps are operational in Biswanath, Sonitpur, Baksa, Nalbari, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, Hojai, Golaghat, Majuli, Jorhat, Dibrugarh, and Tinsukia with 20,047 inmates and 172 Relief Distribution Centres in the districts of Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Darrang, Nalbari, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Kamrup, Morigaon, Nagaon, Golaghat, Majuli, Jorhat, Hojai and Tinsukia districts.
As the Balipur Char village in Baksa district was inundated by the surging waters of river Beki due to incessant rains for the last few days, the Baksa Deputy Commissioner made a requisition for a unit of the Army to carry out rescue operation and evacuate the stranded villagers. Troops of the Army column along with personnel of the SDRF and civil administration evacuated the stranded villagers and shifted them to flood relief shelters in Odalguri village. Approximately 150 villagers including 55 women, 40 men, 25 elderly and 30 children were rescued, stated a PIB (Defence wing) release.