| Villagers shift their belongings on a boat in flood-hit Salmara near Majuli on Friday. Picture by UB Photos |
Sivasagar/Dhemaji, Sept. 6: Six Upper Assam and North Bank districts have been affected in the fresh wave of floods.
The situation is turning grim in Dhemaji as its administration is facing difficulty in extending help to the affected because of the indefinite bandh called by the All Tai Ahom Students Union (Atasu) over inclusion of non-Mising-dominated villages in Mising Autonomous Council, elections to which will be held on October 3 and 7.
Officials said 1,45,054 people in Dhemaji, Dibrugarh, Golaghat, Jorhat, Lakhimpur and Sivasagar districts have been affected by floods. Four relief camps in Dhemaji and Tinsukia districts are operational with 1,370 inmates.
To and fro ferry services between Jorhat and Majuli have been suspended because of the rise in water level of the Brahmaputra. Several areas of the river island were inundated and there is apprehension that if the Tekeliphota bund gives way then the island will go under water.
Water has also entered low-lying areas of Agratoli, Burapahar and Kohora ranges of the Kaziranga National Park and if the trend continues there is possibility of flooding, official sources said.
According to the Central Water Commissionís report, the Brahmaputra at Dibrugarh and Neematighat and the Jia Bharali in Sonitpur are flowing above the danger level.
Jiadhal, Gainadi, Dimow and Simen and other tributaries of the Brahmaputra are in spate in Dhemaji district because of incessant rain in the past few days. Flood-affected villagers are yet to get any help from the administration because of the Atasu strike, which also led to scarcity of essential commodities in these areas.
In a related development, thousands of students from various colleges at Silapathar in the district submitted a memorandum to Silapathar police protesting against the bandh and demanding adequate security for holding classes. Tension prevailed in areas inhabited by people from non-Mising communities in the district.
Sources in Sivasagar said floodwaters have entered residential areas through a ring bund at Rupahimukh, which was breached two months back. The bund was not repaired and water started entering the areas as the Brahmaputra level rose.
A 100m stretch of the PWD road at Teliadunga Borgaon was breached this morning, resulting in inundation of several villages in the area. The floods have also threatened the historic Ramkapeeth, a holy place for Hindus, and inundated two high schools, four lower primary schools and three Middle English schools in the Dikhowmukh area.
Sivasagar deputy commissioner S.S. Meenakshi Sundaram visited the flood-affected areas of Teliadunga and Deogharia in Sivasagar revenue circle. He directed water resources, PWD, health and other government departments to launch immediate rescue and relief operations.
Floods have been reported in 19 revenue circles and 411 villages. The revenue circles are Jonai, Sisiborgaon, Gogamukh and Dhemaji (Dhemaji district), Chabua, Dibrugarh East and Dibrugarh West in Dibruagarh district, Bihpuria and Kadam in Lakhimpur district, Dergaon in Golaghat district, Demow and Sivasagar in Sivasagar district, Doomdooma and Tinsukia in Tinsukia district, Algapur in Hailakandi district and Majuli, Teok, Jorhat East and Jorhat West (Jorhat district).