The Assam State Disaster Management Authority has announced that ahead of the coming of monsoons, two rivers in the state -- the Jia Bharali and Puthimari -- are flowing above danger level following incessant monsoons and release of dam water.
According to a bulletin released by the ADSMA, while the Jia Bharali is flowing above danger level along the N.H. Rd. in Sonitpur, the Puthimari is flowing above danger level along the NH Road Crossing in Kamrup district, raising the alarm among locals.
It is still early days in the flooding cycle, but two districts, Lakhimpur and Barpeta, have already been affected. In Barpeta, at least two villages under the Kalgachia Revenue Circle have been affected in the early phase of the monsoon.
Overall, 2,980 people (2,350 in Lakhimpur and 630 in Barpeta) has been affected by floods and 105 hectares of crop land has been affected in North Lakhimpur, said Government figures.
Infrastructures in some districts have also been affected by the monsoons. In Nagaon district, an embankment at the Pamila Jarani 2 no. Ward has been breached due to the rising water level of Borpani river, while two bamboo bridgers were washed away at Amtola and Kharkhati under the North Lakhimpur Revenue Circle. In Baksa district of the Bodoland Territorial Area Districts (BTAD), a slab culvert was breached at the Bhabanipur B block. Erosion has also been observed on the right bank of the Brahmaputra at Kalibari Rajah Sahar under Mahabhairab Mouza in Sonitpur.
It may be mentioned here that last year, in one of the worst reported floods in the decade, all 33 districts of the state were affected and dozens of people lost their lives.