| A boat ferries commuters across the swollen Brahmaputra in Guwahati. Picture by UB Photos |
July 9: Altogether 74, 591 people in 21 districts have been badly affected by floods in the state so far.
Four rivers — Brahmaputra at Neematighat in Jorhat, Desang at Nanglamuragat in Sivasagar, Jia Bharali in Sonitpur and Beki at Barpeta — are flowing above the danger level.
A total of 299 villages and 6,058.79 hectares of cultivable land have been affected.
However, no deaths have been reported.
In Chirang district, 20 villages and over 10,000 people have been affected in flash floods.
A report from the district administration said 20 villages, including 11 under Sidli circle and nine in Bijni circle, have been hit.
Of the 10,704 affected, 6,181 are from Sidli and 4,523 from Bijni circle.
Three relief camps have been set up at Sidli, sheltering 1,481 people.
“Of the 12 houses damaged in the floods so far, eight are totally damaged and four are partially damaged. An RCC bridge at Deosri was damaged in the floods,” the report said.
Floodwaters have affected 904.16 hectares of agricultural land — with 430 hectares under Sidli circle and 474.16 hectares under Bijni circle.
The incessant rain in the past few days and rising water levels of the Aie and Champamoti rivers have inundated several villages. However, the rivers are flowing below the danger level today.
The rise in the water level of the rivers has been attributed to heavy rainfall in upstream Bhutan where the rivers originate. Sources said an embankment has been breached at Nilibari village.
The district administration has distributed relief materials, including rice, dal and salt to the affected people.
Incessant rain for the past two days and the lack of a proper drainage facility has flooded many areas of Kokrajhar town.
The bylanes of Rupati Nagar, Bank Colony, Subhaspally, Sudempuri, Rup-Nagar, Maibang Nwgwr, Roman Para, Khargaon and Gwjwnpuri were submerged under knee-deep water in the wee hours today. Most of the courtyards of houses were inundated, a local resident of Rupati Nwgwr said.
Some of the residents had to vacate their houses and take shelter elsewhere. They alleged that the administration’s utter negligence in developing proper drainage in the municipal area has led to the waterlogging. Some residents said rampant construction of the houses in the town has added to the problem.
The Dhemaji district unit of Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad today staged a demonstration in front of the office of the executive engineer, water resources department, at Dhemaji to protest against the delay in construction of a canal in the district.
Workers of the organisation gheraoed the office campus for two hours and shouted slogans “Rajib Lochan Pegu murdabad”, “Assam government hai hai” and “water resources department murdabad”.
“We demand the construction of the canal, which was washed away by floodwaters in 2009, nearly 5.5km near the Jiadhal river. The canal protected the village from the Jiadhal river,” Ratul Borgohain, the president of the district unit of the AJYCP, said.
He added that in the past four years, water resources department and minister Rajib Lochan Pegu had paid no attention to their appeals. The student leader also demanded relief for the flood-affected.
The flood situation in the western part of Dhemaji has remained unchanged for the past four days, with the waters of the Jiadhal river affecting 30 villages.
The waters of the Jiadhal, Gai, Sisi and Kumatia rivers have been rising steadily.
According to sources, nearly 10,000 people and over 2,000 hectares of agricultural land in 72 villages have been affected in Dhemaji district, with Sisiborgaon, Gogamukh and Jonai subdivision being badly hit.
The district administration has set up five relief camps for the displaced.
The Majuli subdivision unit of All Assam Students Union today demanded a high-level inquiry into the sinking of the number 3 spur erected at Salmora by the Brahmaputra Board.
Surjya Kumar Bhuyan, the president of the unit, said the spur, erected at a cost of Rs 7 crore, was washed away as soon as the Brahmaputra went into spate. “The spur has sunk more than 40 metres and is now of no use in protecting this part of the island, which is badly affected by heavy erosion. We condemn such shoddy work and have demanded a high-level inquiry into the incident,” he said.
Construction of three spurs had begun in 2009 and had been recently completed.
Nearly 40 villages have been affected by the floods in this part.