2 lakh people across 530 villages in 11 districts of state severely affected; 13,267 hectares of crop land damaged; more rainfall predicted in next few days
Guwahati: At least two persons lost their lives and over 2 lakh people across 530 villages in 11 districts of the state severely affected after massive floods triggered by incessant rainfall for about a week across Assam were reported till Thursday.
Addtionally, a man died and two others were severely injured in separate landslide-related incidents induced by heavy rainfall in different parts of the state.
Agriculture land with standing crops of over 13,267 hectare areas have been damaged by flood water that hit several villages in different parts of the state over the past few weeks.
A total of five villages in Assam’s Chirang district got submerged in flood waters that moved in from the nearby Aie river.
As per reports, villages such as Madarpur, Deborbil, Nathurbari, Sishubari, and Khaoirabari got submerged after rising waters washed away two embankments built beside Aie river. Water levels in Aie river have been rising to danger levels following heavy downpour over the past couple of days.
Meanwhile, waterways, including boat services, have been suspended following the flood in the region.
Flood water has deluged several houses and also damaged a large area of cultivated lands in the affected villages. Affected villagers along with their live stocks have moved to high land and make-shift camps for temporary shelter.
Expressing serious concern over their condition, a flood victim informed that so far they haven’t received any kind of relief material or aid from the part of the state government or the district administration.
“We urge the state government to provide us relief materials and rebuild the embankment as soon as possible,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Kamrup District Disaster Management Authority has suspended plying of boats, including ferry services in the wake of massive rise in water level of the mighty Brahmaputra River.
In a fresh order issued by the district disaster management authorities, it is informed that the water level of Brahmaputra River in Kamrup (Metro) is likely to rise above the danger mark in the next two to three days.
“In view of safety and security of general public we suspend plying of all kind of boats till reduce of water level in Brahmaputra River to avoid any untoward incident,” it further stated.
Meanwhile, the Assam government has sounded an alert across all districts after the India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecasted enhanced rain in the Northeastern states, including Assam, in the next few days.
The Assam State Disaster Management Authority is making five relief camps and distribution centres operational in two of the affected districts, where 203 people are taking taken shelters.