Little relief in store for flood-affected as weatherman predicts more rains
By Our Staff Reporter
Guwahati, Sept 3: The flood situation in the State continued to remain critical, as the affected population swelled to 13.78 lakh.
The State's disaster magement authority said 40 people have perished due to floods since June, 33 of them in this wave alone.
Three deaths were reported in the last 24 hours - one in Dibrugarh and two in Tinsukia.
Around 2.66 lakh displaced are taking shelter in 385 relief camps.
"As many as 13,78,540 people in 2199 villages under 74 revenue circles of 19 districts have been affected in the current wave of floods. Some 2,19,250 people are affected in Barpeta district alone, followed by 1,50,141 in Dhemaji, 1,43076 in Darrang, 1,37,390 in Dibrugarh, 1,28,499 in lbari and 1,26,535 in Sonitpur district," an official bulletin said.
The Brahmaputra, fed by incessant rains in the upper catchment areas in Aruchal Pradesh, Bhutan and Assam, continued to flow above the danger level at Neamatighat, Tezpur, Guwahati, Goalpara and Dhubri. Its tributaries - Buridihing (khowang), Dikhow and Disang (Sivasagar), Subansiri (Lakhimpur), Kopili (gaon), Beki (Barpeta) and river Barak in Hailakandi are flowing above the danger level.
In Guwahati, the Brahmaputra was flowing at 50.17 m, against the danger level of 49.63. However, Kamrup metropolitan district deputy commissioner Dr M Angamuthu said there is nothing to panic. "We have put SDRF and NDRF teams on alert," he said.
Overtopping and seepage have been observed in major embankments in Hailakandi.
The water level was said to be rising in Barpeta, where massive erosion was reported from the Bordanga area.
Low lying areas in Dibrugarh are still under waters.
Surface communication was disrupted in many places in Dhemaji district as most of the rivers were flowing at high velocity. Two breaches were reported from Darrang, officials said.
The meteorological department has predicted more rain in the days to come, indicating further deterioration of the situation.