Guwahati: The flood situation in Assam has worsened as the river Brahmaputra along with its tributaries are continuing to flow above the danger mark due to incessant rains. The catastrophic flood has claimed eleven lives till now while more than 26.45 lakh people have been affected in Assam as monsoon floods have inundated at least 28 of the 33 districts in the state.
The water level in all the four ranges of Kaziranga – Kohora, Bagori, Agaratoli and Burhatoli – is maintaining a rising trend causing the flood to become severe thereby submerging more than 85 per cent of the Kaziranga National Park area including the NH-37 along the park. Meanwhile, the state electricity department has disconnected power in the flood-affected areas.
Animals, particularly rhino, deer, elephants are straying out of the park and moving towards the neighbouring Karbi Anglong hills. The rhinos and other animals were taking shelter on the highlands. As flood season is the golden time for poachers, the state forest department has deployed its special Rhino Protection Force in the national parks.
The Brahmaputra at Nematighat (Jorhat), Tezpur (Sonitpur), Guwahati, Goalpara, Dhubri; Burhidehing at Khowang (Dibrugarh); Subansiri at Badatighat (Lakhimpur); Dhansiri (S) at Numaligath (Golaghat); Jia Bharali at NT Rd Xing (Sonitpur); Kopili at Kampur and Dharamtul (Nagaon); Puthimari at NH Rd Xing (Kamrup); Beki at Rd Bridge (Barpeta); Barak at AP Ghat (Cachar), Badarpurghat (Karimganj); Katakhal at Matizuri (Hailakandi) and Kushiyara at Karimganj are following above danger level.
Embankments have been severely damaging at Sonitpur, Golaghat, Jorhat, Dibrugarh, Nalbari, Baksa, Morigaon and Hojai.
Roads and bridges were damaged or washed away due to the floods. Apart from this, thousand of bigha agricultural land has submerged in dozens of villages across the state. On the other hand, unhygienic drinking water is also posing a grave threat to the health of the residents, especially children.
The flood claimed the first victim in southern Assam’s Hailakandi district with the recovery of the body of the victim on July 14th, 2019. The victim identified as Jagadish Bhumish, aged 53, drowned at Sonacherra village under Katlicherra revenue circle while he was on his way to buy ration in the late evening of July 13th, 2019. SDRF, Fire & Emergency Services personnel and deep divers from Silchar recovered the body after an intensive search operation. The SDRF personnel have rescued scores of marooned people and moved them to safer places.
The administration has requisitioned private country boats and from the Inland Water Transport for rescue and relief operations in areas like Airya, Purbagul, Barhailakandi, Ratanpur, Sonacherra, Matijuri-Paikan, Bondukmara and Rupacherra.
The Silchar-Hailakandi Road (SH 39) has been submerged at different stretches by flood waters leading to the closure of all modes of vehicular traffic. Roads have been overtopped by flood waters at Matijuri and Samairkona Tiniali Point towards Beliapur.
Two major breaches have occurred at Mohanpur embankment on July 13th, 2019 leading to the inundation of Mohonpur-Berniebrease and other areas. 486 hectares of cropland have been affected under four revenue circles of Hailakandi, Algapur, Lala and Katlicherra affecting 12,883 farm families. Altogether 102 villages are reeling under flood waters.
The district administration has put up red flags along the edges of the submerged roads to prevent mishaps. Chemical packets and gratuity relief materials have been distributed to the flood-affected people.
The situation in Dhemaji district remained grim as flood waters have inundated several villages in the four revenue circles of the district. As per reports from the Assam State Disaster Management Authority, a total 1,28,853 people of 419 villages have been hit by floods in the district so far, while damaging a total of 8,830 hectares of cropland.
The flood situation of Barpeta district is also worsening as more than 502 villages of Kalgachia, Sarupeta, Barnagar, Barpeta, Sarthebari, Baghbar, Chenga and Bajali are reeling under flood waters.
Ferry services between Majuli-Jorhat and vice-versa remained suspended for over a week due to strong water current in the river. Over 78,000 people of 90 villages have been affected by flood water in Majuli and the number is gradually increasing.
Flood situation in Lakhimpur district remains grave as the water level of Subansiri, Dikrong and Ranganadi are rising. The flood water has submerged more than 130 villages. Due to swirling flood waters, the Northeast Frontier (NF) Railway authority has either cancelled or short terminated several trains.