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Dhubri reels under deluge

Dhubri completely cut off from the rest of the state as road and railway communication has shut

By Mukesh Kumar Singh in Dhubri
  • Published 20.07.19, 1:16 AM
  • Updated 20.07.19, 1:16 AM
  • a min read
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Residents wait to collect water from a tanker in Dhubri. (Mukesh Kumar Singh)

The flood situation in lower Assam’s Dhubri district continues to remain grim with the town submerged for the past six days and the deluge claiming five lives so far.

Nearly 29,840 people are taking shelter in 105 relief camps across the district.

Dhubri town has been completely cut off from the rest of the state as road and railway communication has shut with floodwaters flowing over the main road here and flood-affected people taking shelter along the tracks between Dhubri and Gauripur.

Sources in the Dhubri District Disaster Management Authority said nearly 11 lakh have been affected by the floods in the district, and the Brahamputra and its tributaries were still flowing above the danger level.

Deputy commissioner Ananta Lal Gyani visited some relief camps on Friday and took stock of the situation.

The town has been reeling under darkness for the past five days leading to all bank branches and ATMs being closed since Tuesday. The district administration has been providing basic items like rice and packaged water to the affected people. Fifty-two medical teams are monitoring the people in relief camps.

Around 20,000 hectares of cropland have been submerged while 9,000 marooned people have been evacuated.

Assam governor Jagdish Mukhi is likely to visit here on Saturday to take stock of the situation.

Tigress rescue: The Royal Bengal tigress, which had taken shelter in a house at Harmoti near Kaziranga National Park on Thursday, returned to the jungle on Friday. Divisional forest officer Rohini Ballav Saikia said, “The continuous efforts of forest officials and workers helped to shift the tigress back to the jungle.”

However, the death toll of rhinos in Kaziranga has increased to 10, with the death of three more on Thursday.

A report issued by the divisional forest officer, Upper Assam wildlife division, said 110 animals had died in the park. Altogether 62 animals have been rescued.

Kaziranga director P. Sivakumar said the forest department and the park authority were on strict vigil to rescue animals and curb poaching. Around 53 of the 199 anti-poaching camps in the park are still inundated.

  • Additional reporting by Sanjoy Hazarika in Bokakhat