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No change in Jorhat flood situation as heavy rain continues, ferry services suspended

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A Correspondent

JORHAT: There has been no change in the flood situation as heavy rain continues in the higher altitude following which the River Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger level. Its tributaries like Bhogdoi, Dikhow, Jhanji, Kakodunga, Puthi and Doyang are also flowing above the danger level.

The ferry services to and from Majuli island district have been suspended since Wednesday morning due to heavy fog and wind, until further order by both the district administration of Majuli and Jorhat, said sources from the District Disaster Management Authority on Wednesday.

Sources further said that due to unpredictable weather condition and heavy underwater current in the mighty Brahmaputra, the ferry services have been suspended both to and fro, while the three ghats in Neematighat are under water. Over 20 to 25 ferries, including the Ro-Ro ferry services, have been abandoned at Neematighat due to the weather condition. While the water level trend recorded at Neematighat by the Central Water Commission (CWC) was stated to be stable during the early hours while in the evening reading it showed increasing trend.

Moreover, teams from the State Health and Veterinary department have kicked off services on a war footing in the flood-affected areas, distributing medicines and collecting blood samples from people from the affected areas, said Dr Amit Saikia, Joint Director of Health Services.

The district administration has started distributing relief materials like rice, dal, kerosene oil and salt to the flood-affected people under Jorhat West Revenue Circle where 6,000 people have been affected after the water of River Bhogdoi entered 20 villages and submerged several hundred acres of agricultural land from a breached portion which is yet to be repaired by the Water Resource Department.

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