JORHAT, Sep 1 - Nearly 35 km away from the subdivisional head quarter Garmur of river-island Majuli, bamboo-huts and belongings of 40 families of Misamora village were washed away on August 30 by massive erosion and floods caused by the swelling Brahmaputra , which has been flowing .50 metres above the danger level in Jorhat district for the third consecutive day.
According to government officers, the affected area is located outside the dyke and it belongs to Korotipar village panchayat of Ahotguri mouza where boats were used for relief and rescue operations for the past two days.
Circle officer Anil Das said that no incident of drowning took place as rescue teams of the local administration and nearby villagers could shift all the members of the 40 affected families by boats to safer places during the disaster. He said that 21,878 families from 52 different villages and hamlets have been affected in the current wave of floods that has inundated about 1500 hectares of paddy fields in the areas outside the embankments in the past two days.
�We are leaving no stone unturned to save the affected families. Relief and rescue operation is going on,�said the Circle Officer.
As most of the affected families are taking shelter on the dykes and several high places in Salmora, Korortipar, Dakhinpat, Besamora, Dakhinpat Kumar Gaon, Dakhinpat Kaibatra Gaon and several other areas at Ahotguri and Garmur, relief materials including rice, dal , salt, biscuits and packaged drinking water have been distributed among hundreds of families, said an administrative officer.
However, narrating their woes caused by the current flood and erosion, several local citizens of greater Dakhinpat area informed that more than 100 families are still stranded in their neighbouring villages like Kolonibari, Ratanpur, Meragaon as all the connecting lanes and roads are reeling under deep flood water.
�Several families are living there in high places as they have no road to come to the dykes. Most of those villages falling beyond the Brahmaputra dyke of Salmora,�said Dwipen Sajati, a local youth of Dakhinpat. Along with him, several other citizens said that relief materials are yet to be distributed among hundreds of affected people in Dakhinpat and Salmora.
As several educational institutions including high schools and primary schools are under knee-deep flood-water at Korotipar, Salmora, Garmur area the institutions have remained closed for the last two days. Narrating their misery, caused by this wave of flood, many senior citizens of different localities said that the local administration should ensure adequate stock of foodstuff and medicines for proper relief operations.
�Though ferry services have remained suspended between Majuli and Jorhat since yesterday, supply of food and required medicines should not be stopped. The administration should keep a close vigil on the situation,� said a senior citizen of Kamalabari.
Asked about any rising trend of the water in the next 24 hours, officials of the Central Water Commission (CWC) in Jorhat said that the water level of Brahmaputra may increase 86.78 metres on Wednesday morning in the district from its current level of 86.61 metres on Tuesday.