Guwahati: The flood situation in Kampur, Nagaon district has turned from bad to worse, so much so that people have been compelled to vacate their houses and move to relief camps to seek rehabilitation.
Several villages and cropland have been submerged due to the floodwaters flowing out from the river.
To make things worse, the water level of the Kopili river which is situated in the Nagaon district continues to flow above the danger level mark and has surpassed its previous highest level of 61.79 meters, thereby raising alarm bells.
Assam has been hit hard by the first wave of floods this year due to incessant rainfall for the last few days which has caused a devastating impact across the state. The floods have also resulted in a gradual increase in the water level of several rivers.
A fire and emergency services personnel said that they have successfully rescued 70-80 people so far who were trapped inside their houses in Nagaon till May 16.
Meanwhile, around 2 lakh people scattered across 20 districts of the state have been severely affected due to floods. According to Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), two flood-related deaths were recorded in the Cachar district while three died in Dima Hasao due to landslides.
Overall, as many as 1,97,248 people in 652 villages have been affected due to this devastating calamity. The 20 districts that have been affected by floods are Bajali, Baksa, Biswanath, Cachar, Charaideo, Darrang, Dhemaji, Dibrugarh, Dima Hasao, Hojai, Kamrup, Karbi Anglong West, Kokrajhar, Lakhimpur, Majuli, Nagaon, Nalbari, Sonitpur, Tamulpur and Udalguri.
Among the worst-hit districts of the state, Hojai tops the list and it is followed by Cachar. 78,157 people have been affected in Hojai while 51,357 have been affected in Cachar as a result of the flood.
The ASDMA report said that 16645.61 hectares of cropland had been submerged underwater.
67 relief camps and relief distribution centres have been set up by the authorities in order to provide shelter to 32,959 people.