| The overflowing Dimow. Picture by Vinod Kumar Singh |
Dhemaji, July 10: The water level of Jia Bharali in Sonitpur and Beki in Barpeta districts receded today while the Brahmaputra continued to flow above the danger level at Neematighat in Upper Assam’s Jorhat district.
According to the flood bulletin of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority in Guwahati, altogether 9,983 people in 25 villages in four revenue circles — Jonai, Dhemaji, Gogamukh and Sissiborgaon in Dhemaji district, Kadam revenue circle in Lakhimpur district and Tihu revenue circle in Nalbari district — have been affected by floods so far.
Floodwaters yesterday entered at least 44 villages in Dhemaji, Lakhimpur and Nalbari districts affecting over 11,000 people. At least 3,000 people had left their homes for higher places in Dhemaji district as their houses were inundated yesterday.
Family members of Bikash Baidya, who had drowned in the rising waters of the Dimow on Tuesday, demanded compensation, while those affected by floods rued that there was no supply of relief materials by the district administration. Baidya’s body is still untraced.
Sissiborgoan circle officer Ranjit Konwar told The Telegraph today that a search was on to fish out Baidya’s body. “Since the water level has come down, we felt that there was no need for relief,” Konwar said.
Assam water resources department minister Rajiv Lochan Pegu told The Telegraph that the overall flood situation “was not tense”. “The water level is high in Neematighat and Nalbari but it should be okay in a couple of days. The Brahmaputra is flowing below danger level in Dibrugarh,” he said.
In Nalbari, there was a 10-metre breach in the bund by the Mora Pagladiya. “But we will be able to plug it once the water recedes,” Pegu said.
Assam witnesses floods almost every monsoon and Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Sonitpur, Morigaon, Barpeta and Dhubri are the worst-affected districts. Sources said the Assam State Disaster Management Authority has already alerted deputy commissioners of all these districts and asked them to prepare for the annual disaster.