Assam flood situation more worsens; nearly 13 lakh people of 24 districts affected
By Hemanta Kumar Nath, 13/07/2020, Guwahati

The flood situation in Assam more worsened as the flood waters inundated new areas and affected nearly 13 lakh people of 24 districts. On Sunday, two persons drowned in flood waters in central Assam’s Nagaon district taking the death toll to 44. According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), one each person drowned in flood waters at Kampur and Kaliabor area in Nagaon district.Two more persons were reportedly missing in Sivasagar and Barpeta district.

On the other, the flood waters have entered new areas in the state and affecting more people. The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) flood report said that, nearly 13 lakh people of 24 districts  Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Sonitpur, Udalguri, Darrang, Baska, Nalbari, Barpeta, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, Goalpara, Kamrup, Morigaon, Nagaon, West Karbi Anglong, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia district have been affected in the third wave of flood.

Lower Assam’s Barpeta district has been badly affected in this wave of flood with over 3.83 lakh people of the district have affected followed by 1.30 lakh people in Dhemaji district, 1.08 lakh people in Golaghat, 99,000 people in Bongaigaon, 75,000 people in Lakhimpur, 58,000 people in Darrang, 57,000 people in Dibrugarh, 54,000 people in Tinsukia, 52,100 people in Biswanath, 52,000 people in Majuli, 37,000 people in Goalpara district.

A total of 2015 villages under 75 revenue circles have been affected by the current deluge and the flood waters submerged over 82,546 hectares of crop land. On the other hand, 21,071 flood affected people have now taken shelter at 224 relief camps set up by the administration in 16 flood hit districts.The NDRF, SDRF teams and district administration on Sunday had rescued 2339 people from the flood affected areas in Dhemaji, Darrang, Lakhimpur, Barpeta, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Goalpara, Kamrup, Golaghat, Jorhat, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts. On Sunday, the flood waters have damaged several roads, bridges and washed away portions of at least 15 embankments in different parts of the state.

Following incessant rains the water levels of Brahmaputra river are flowing above danger level mark at Dibrugarh, Neamatighat in Jorhat district, Tezpur in Sonitpur district, Guwahati, Goalpara, Dhubri, Subansiri at Badatighat in Lakhimpur district,  Burhidihing river at Chenimari in Dibrugarh district, Disang at Nanglamuraghat in Sivasagar district, Dhansiri at Numaligarh in Golaghat district, Jia Bharali at NT Road crossing in Sonitpur district, Kopili at Kampur and Dharamtul in Nagaon district, Puthimari at NT Road crossing in Kamrup district, Pagladiya at NT Road crossing in Nalbari district, Manas river at NH Road crossing in Barpeta district, Beki at Road Bridge in Barpeta distict, and Sankosh river at Golakganj in Dhubri district.

In river island district Majuli, an elephant herd on Sunday was seen to wade through flood waters in a village. According to the reports, the elephant herd entered in a flooded village in the district after the flood waters inundated all nearby areas and passed though the village. On the other hand, the flood waters have submerged almost 70 percent areas in Kaziranga National Park and Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary.

According to the Kaziranga National Park Authority, 125 camps out of total 223 camps are now under water the park authority had vacated one forest camp. 41 wild animals have been died due to flood in Kaziranga National Park and one rhino died in Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary this year so far. Many animals of Kaziranga National Park have come out from the park and moved towards the nearby Karbi hills by crossing the National Highway  37 which is passing through the national park.

On the other hand, two youths died in a landslide incident that took place at Jorabat area outskirts of Guwahati on Sunday. According to the reports, two youths identified as Bilash Pradhan and Mohan Ghimire were buried alive by a landslide triggered by heavy rainfall. Another youth was trapped inside a house and later the SDRF team had rescued him.