Flood situation worsens in Assam, Rajnath dials Assam CM

RSTV Bureau

FILE: File photo of Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi. Photo – PTI

The flood situation in Assam worsened on Friday following incessant rainfall in the upper catchment areas of Bhutan and Arunachal Pradesh. More than three lakh people in 13 districts have been affected with road communication network taking a toll at several places in the north-eastern state.

The precarious situation even prompted Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh reviewing the flood situation in the state assuring all possible assistance from the Centre. Rajnath Singh also spoke with Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Friday.

“Central and state agencies are carrying out relief and rescue operations. I have assured the Chief Minister of all possible assistance from the Centre to help the people in flood-affected areas of the state,” the Union Home Minister told the press in New Delhi.

According to the report from the Water Resources Department, the water level of the rivers flowing through the districts of Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon, Chirang, Barpeta, Jorhat, Baska, Sonitpur and Dibrugarh was rising alarmingly whereas in districts like Nalbari, Sivasagar and Tinsukia it was maintaining a rising trend.

The Brahmpautra river, that flows southwest through the Assam Valley, was recorded as flowing above the danger level at Nematighat in Jorhat and Dibrugarh maintaining a rising trend in most of the other districts. Flood waters also affected several areas of Kaziranga National Park, where flood waters forced wild animals to move to highland areas in the nearby hills of Karbi Anglong district, a senior park official said.

Due to the flood, so far more than three lakh people have been affected in 611 villages while nearly 30 hectares of cropland is still under flood water.

Considering the extensiveness of the flood, the Guwahati district administrations have opened 124 relief camps where nearly a lakh people have taken shelter thus far.

Assam Water Resources Department Minister Basanta Das is closely monitoring the flood situation and has directed officers of his department to remain alert.

The National Highway-31C is flooded at several places with a bridge and approach roads suffering damages.

So far, the death toll in this year’s floods in Assam state stands at five. Two persons have died in Lakhimpur and one each in Bongaigaon, Baksa and Sonitpur.

(With inputs from the PTI)