BONGAIGAON, July 26 - The overall flood scenario in Bongaigaon and Chirang districts is grim. Flood waters of the main rivers and their tributaries have inundated vast areas, including residential colonies and cropland in both the districts, thereby affecting almost one lakh rural population.
In Bongaigaon district, a total of 72,038 people of 59 villages have been affected by the floods. In all, 3,682 flood-hit people have been taking shelter in 8 relief camps in the district. Army and SDRF jawans have been engaged in rescue and relief operations at Srijangram and Bijni revenue circle. A total of 17 boats have been pressed into service for the rescue operations.
The flood waters of river Aie overtopped National Highway-31 at Rakhaldubi in the district.
Meanwhile, so as to facilitate prompt response to flood- related distress calls, the district administration has opened a control room with a toll free number-1077 for public convenience.
In the meantime, Bongaigaon Deputy Commissioner Biswajit Pegu held a review meeting at the conference hall of his office yesterday and instructed all the senior officers of the concerned departments to leave no stone unturned while providing essential services to the marooned people.
In Chirang district, 50 villages with a population of 19,246 have been affected by this wave of floods. In all, 16,674 flood victims have been lodged in 9 relief camps in the district.
The rivers fed by neighbouring Bhutan�s turbulent waters have wiped out several villages in the district. Already, 7 embankments, 3 roads and one bridge have been damaged by the floods.