| A submerged Batiya Mari village in Majuli. Picture by UB Photos |
Jorhat, Aug. 14: Continuous rainfall and rising water of the Brahmaputra and Luit rivers for the past three days has inundated vast tracts of the river island of Majuli. At least 30 villages have been affected and schools have remained closed in south-west Majuli, the most affected area.
The district administration has sent officials to the affected areas to collect details and will set up relief camps where it is required.
“The water rose yesterday and we have sent officials to make a survey of the submerged areas. If required we will supply food and water and set up relief and medical camps,” Laya Madduri, ADC and subdivisional officer-in-charge of Majuli, told The Telegraph over phone from the river island.
An official of the Central Water Commission confirmed that the Brahmaputra was flowing above the danger mark at Neemati and rising up to the danger level at Numaligarh lower down and at Dibrugarh in Upper Assam.
At Neemati, the water is flowing at 86.33m, more than a metre above the danger mark at 85.04m. At Numaligarh, it is flowing at 105.62m, the danger level being 105.70m while at Dibrugarh it is flowing at 77.16m, the danger mark being 77.42m.
P. Saikia, a resident of the island, said a large number of families are stranded in the Ahotguri-Dakhinpat area of the island bordering Dergaon without food or water.
“Some of the islanders are suffering from diarrhoea and fever. There is no way to reach them with medicine and clean drinking water. There are no doctors to cater to their needs there,” he said.
Saikia added that the Halodibari-Besamara embankment has been built many years ago and had not been repaired properly. “A breach of this embankment by the Brahmaputra could spell disaster for mainland Majuli, where there are a number of historical xatras,” he said.
“It is a shame that even after spending crores of rupees in the last decade or so, neither erosion, nor floods have been controlled and there is no potable water supply scheme in many places,” he said.
The villages affected in Majuli include Kolbari, Meragaon, Dubigaon, Kanjan, Salmora, Besamora, Dakhinpat, Sumoimari, Kaniajan, Bonoria Sapori Bamun Gaon, Dohaididiya, Bhakat Sapori, Korotipar, Ahotguri, Dakhinpat Kumar Gaon, Bejing, Sinatoli, Sonowal Kachari, and Dakhinpat Kaibartya.
In Jorhat district, the rising waters of the Brahmaputra have flooded the Jhanjimukh area under Teok revenue circle affecting about 10 villages which include Bhakat Gaon, Sumoi Sapori, Hogun Para, Hatisal and Bihari Gaon.
The breach of the bank of river Brahmaputra has affected more than 50,000 people till today in Dhemaji district on the north bank of the river.
Swelling waters of the river yesterday washed away 60m of the dyke. According to circle officer Ranjit Konwar, Dhemaji district administration has set up one relief camp at Dibru Mising Higher Secondary School where nearly 600 families have taken shelter. He said water has submerged 50 villages so far.