MIRZA, July 27 - The flood situation in South Kamrup district further worsened on Wednesday as the water levels of the river Brahmaputra continued to rise alarmingly above the danger mark, submerging 62 villages in Palasbari, Chhaygaon, Goroimari and Boko revenue circles in South Kamrup district and Hajo revenue circle in Kamrup district.
According to reports of the Water Resources Department, floodwater of the river Brahmaputra was flowing 45 cm above the danger mark on Wednesday at Futuri village under Palasbari LAC and the water level is rising, causing panic among the over 30,000 families in 62 villages in South Kamrup and Kamrup districts.
Almost all houses of the villages like Pub Bardia, Bhatkhowadia, Pagladia, Hengratari under Palasbari revenue circle and Balagaon, Khetrapara, Batahidia, Saralpara, Kamalapur, Barakhat, Alikash, etc., under Goroimari revenue circle in South Kamrup district were submerged by floodwaters on Wednesday.
Sources said that the flood was also wreaking havoc in over 20 villages under Nagarbera revenue circle in South Kamrup district.
Over 10 villages, including Khalihamari and Siyalmari, under Hajo revenue circle in Kamrup district have gone under floodwater.
Over 5,000 families under Barkhetri revenue circle in Nalbari district are also reeling under floodwater.
As many as 12 villages such as Batahidia, Khetrapara, Saralpara, Balagaon under Goroimari revenue circle and more than six villages, including Hengratari, Bhurakata, Kalapani (newly formed), under Palasbari revenue circle in South Kamrup district have been lying totally marooned as the floodwater of the river Brahmaputra has touched the roof-top of the houses of over 1,000 families.
Over 60 families have taken shelter at the two highlands located at Pagladia and Pub Bardia villages, but relief has not been provided to them till date. Three more relief camps have been set up at Hajo revenue circle in Kamrup district.
Sources said that Palasbari revenue circle office has deployed three boats for the affected people living in the area. However, villagers have demanded at least 30 more boats at the villages under Nagrbera, Charmaria, Palasbari and Hajo revenue circles in Kamrup district for the rescue operation.
�Nadiahara (Bhatkhwadia) village under Palasbari revenue circle is one of the worst-hit villages and we immediately need at least two boats for us at the village,� said Bisa Ali, a resident of the village.
�So far, no Government relief material has been received by the flood-affected families at villages like Bardia, Bhatkhowadia, Pagladia, Kalapani, Bhurakata, Futuri, etc., under Palasbari revenue circle. We need at least 10 engine-fitted boats at our villages to rescue the flood-hit families,� said Abdur Rahim of Pagladia village in Palasbari LAC.
Sources said that flood-affected families of over 50 villages under Goroimari, Palasbari, Nagarbera and Chamaria revenue circles in South Kamrup district, over 15 villages under Hajo revenue circle in Kamrup district and over 10 villages under Barkhetri revenue circle in Nalbari district need urgent relief materials, said Mukadesh Ali (55) of Bhurakat village under Palasbari revenue circle.
Samej Ali of Pagladia village under Palasbari revenue circle said that over 60-70 families of Palasbari revenue circle have shifted to safer places in the last one month in the wake of floods.
�The Government must help us shift our houses to safer places by providing boats and manpower, but till date it has not come forward to rescue,� lamented Hanif Ali, a victim of erosion at Nadiahara (Bhatkhowadia ) village.
Sources said that the houses of over 200 families of Futuri and Bartari villages living near the Palasbari-Gumi embankment in Palasbari LAC have also been submerged.