The lake-like Zoo Road after the downpour in Guwahati on Friday. Picture by UB Photos
Guwahati, June 27: Eight persons died in landslide and of electrocution last night as torrential rain lashed the city, plunging many areas in darkness.
Deputy commissioner in charge of Kamrup (metro), Rajib Prakash Baruah, said landslips killed three members of a family at Udayachal in Narakasur area and one at Bamunimaidam while four persons died of electrocution in various parts of the city.
Kanak Barman, 45, and his two daughters Pratima, 12, and Tulasi, 8, died when a pucca bathroom of their neighbour Balen Deka’s house fell on their tin house at Udayachal during a landslide in the wee hours today. The family was asleep then. Kanak’s wife Kalyani and son Ganesh, who were sleeping in an adjoining room, were injured. Neighbours said the family had been living in the house for more than a year. No case has been registered against Deka yet, Bhangagarh police said this evening. A woman, Bharati Sarma, died in a landslip at Bamunimaidam. A teenager, Vivek Shah, was swept away by the waters of the Bharalu from Anil Nagar. He is still missing. Bhaskarjyoti Das, 48, a resident of Mathuranagar, Dinesh Das, 55, of Dispur Super Market, Prafulla Das, 46, of Janapath in Nabin Nagar and Suren Bharali, 57, of Udayan Path in Dwarkanagar died of electrocution.
A source said water had entered Bharali’s home and as he was going to switch off the inverter, he got electrocuted. Bharali left behind his wife and two daughters. Udayan Path was under knee-deep water till this evening.
The Bharalu has been overflowing since morning. The sluice gates at Bharalumukh were closed to prevent water from the Brahmaputra from entering the city.
People in areas like Nabin Nagar and Anil Nagar were marooned and the water is unlikely to recede even tomorrow. Hours of power cuts increased the suffering of people in flood-affected areas manifold. There was shortage of drinking water, as people could not run their water pumps. An official in the Assam State Electricity Board said power had been cut off for people’s security. “We have also received phone calls from residents to cut off power supply,” he said. Mobile squads are checking all transformers and vulnerable electric connections in the flood-affected areas, he added.
Pranita Deka of Anil Nagar said, “Life has become hell here. Even a smart shower is enough to throw life out of order. How will my husband go to office or my children go to school tomorrow? Rickshawpullers are charging Rs 100 to take us to Bhangagarh.”
Home commissioner G.D. Tripathi told The Telegraph that all efforts were being made to ensure that the rainwater recedes.
National Disaster Response Force inspector Dipak Pandey, who was engaged in rescue and relief operations at Tarun Nagar, said, “We first went to Bhangagarh where three people died in a landslide. Since 12.30pm, our 30-member team has been working at Tarun Nagar. Our superior A.K. Singh has pressed four teams into service in the greater Bhangarah-Rajgarh area to help people.”
The regional meteorological department, Guwahati, said they had recorded 57mm rainfall at Rupnagar. He said rainfall is considered heavy if it is more than 64.5mm. The department forecasts more rain in the next 24 hours.
“Weather in Guwahati will be generally cloudy. There will be rain and thunderstorm,” an official of the department said. He said the four months from June till September were considered monsoon period in Assam. So far — from June 1 till today — Kamrup (metro) has received 18 per cent shortage in rainfall.