Sept. 7: With the waters of the Brahmaputra rising for the past three days, Majuli was cut off from the mainland for the second consecutive day today with ferry services to and from Jorhat being suspended.
Schools in the riverine areas remained closed because of the rising water level, which has also affected about 1,000 hectares of cropland.
Nearly 50 families have been displaced and are taking shelter in high places.
Punya Saikia, a resident of Majuli, said all the areas lying beyond the embankment were flooded and if the water rises, as it has in the last three days, there was the danger of the Brahmaputra breaching its embankment and the whole island getting flooded. The most affected part of the island is Salmara, which is known for its pottery and boat-making industry. Salmara is located in a low-lying area and about 40 to 50 families have shifted atop the embankment.
Bitupan Pegu, a resident, alleged that shoddy work by the Brahmaputra Board in laying four boulder spurs commissioned in 2009 had compounded the problem.
The Central Water Commission said the Brahmaputra was flowing at 86.68 metre in Jorhat, more than one-and-a-half metre above the danger level of 85.04 metre. In Dibrugarh, it is flowing at 105.64 metre, almost at the danger level of 105.70 metre.
While the Brahmaputra showed a receding trend today, the Indian meteorological division website predicts rain and thunderstorms in Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh in the next four days, which may result in a rise in the water level and flooding of Majuli.
The flood situation improved slightly in Sivasagar district today, as the water level of the Brahmaputra river receded. District administration officials said relief operations were being carried out in the district and the affected people have been sheltered at two relief camps.
Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Nabam Tuki today undertook an aerial survey of areas affected by flash floods in the eastern part of the state.
He announced Rs 2.5 crore for emergency relief, particularly at Dumpani village in Changlang district, and directed secretary, disaster management, Kapa Kholie to release the amount to the district administration by Monday.