DHUBRI,�Sept 2 - Water level of the Brahmaputra and its tributaries in Dhubri district, which is still flowing above the danger mark, is showing a rising trend, forcing the district administration to sound a fresh alert.
Security forces, including the Army and other rescue teams, have been kept on stand-by in the district.
The district administration apprehends that if the current trend continues for the next few hours, a massive flood could engulf more areas in the district, especially the low-lying ones.
The district administration and the State Disaster Management Authority are continuously assessing the situation in apprehension that it might have to set up relief camps by�tomorrow�morning at a number of locations, if the current trend persists.
The water level is flowing at 29.28 metres � almost a metre above the danger level of 28.62 metres, official sources told this reporter.
Road and telecommunication continue to be affected in various areas due to the flood, especially at Bilasipara on NH-31 and at South Salmara. Bus services through the Bilasipara route have remained non-operational for the last many days giving commuters a tough time.
The worsening flood situation has also affected the prices of essential commodities in the district with the locals alleging a steep rise due to disruption in road connectivity.
In the latest wave of flood, which started on August 26, 12 persons have been killed and nearly 2,70,000 people affected and displaced.
Dhubri Deputy Commissioner Nazrul Islam told this reporter that officials have been asked to keep a close watch on the flood and boats should be pressed into service as and when necessary.
He said, �The water level is witnessing a rising trend for the last few hours and if it does not recede, relief camps will have to be set up. The picture will be clear by�tomorrow�morning. We are on the job.�
In South Salmara, which remains one of the worst affected areas, several houses have been washed away in the recent floods and people in huge numbers have shifted to safer places due to continuous erosion.
Reports say schools, markets and mosques have been washed away by the flood in the last few days in South Salmara.