MANGALDAI: A total of 53,620 villagers of 126 villages of Darrang district have been affected by the first wave of flood. The flood has also damaged crop area of 1954.7 hectares of agricultural land.
Talking to The Sentinel on Monday evening, Deputy Commissioner Dilip Kumar Borah said that 63 villages with 35,320 population in Mangaldai Revenue Circle area, 19 villages with 4,300 population in Dalgaon Revenue Circle area, 17 villages with 6,000 population in Sipajhar Revenue Circle area and 26 villages with 8,000 population in Patharighat Revenue Circle area had been affected in the flood.
However, no relief camp has been opened up in the district. "The River Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger level in the district with rising trend while its tributaries are also flowing above the danger level but with falling trend," he added and said that Additional Deputy Commissioners and Revenue Circle Officers had already visited the severely-affected areas to chalk out remedial measures. On the other hand, the rising water has submerged the NH-15 at several stretches in Sipajhar area, however, without causing blockade to vehicular traffic. The flood water has also breached a PWD road at Naharbari under Mangaldai Revenue Circle area.
Besides e government officials, Guru Jyoti Das, MLA of Mangaldai, and Binanda Kumar Saikia, MLA of Sipajhar LAC, visited the flood-affected areas wading through knee-deep water to take stock of the situation.