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GUWAHATI, Aug 19 � Though there seemed to be some improvement in the overall flood situation of the State, several rivers are still flowing above the danger level. A vast area of Dhemaji district is still cut off by road for the fifth day today.

Meanwhile, according to a cumulative account, the floods this year have affected in the State a total population of 9, 11,080 belonging to 3,232 families.

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today directed the district authorities of Dhemaji and Lakhimpur to supply adequate amount of relief materials to the flood victims of the district. He also directed the district authorities to supply adequate amount of cattle fodder, clothes and tarpaulins in the flood-hit areas of the districts, said an official press release here.

Besides, the Chief Minister has directed the district authorities to ensure supply of adequate amount of medicines and safe drinking water in these areas, said the press release.

Dhemaji District Disaster Management Authority (DDDMA) sources told this newspaper that due to the favourable weather condition, the over all flood situation in the district has shown signs of improvement today.

Today, only 80 villages of the district are found to be affected by the floodwaters. Yesterday, the number of affected villages was 246. Likewise, the number of affected people in the district has also come down to 61, 712 today, said the DDDMA sources.

But a vast area of the district, beyond Dhemaji town, is still cut off from the rest of the State by road.

The district still has 3,992 flood-hit people in nine relief camps.

The Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger level at Neamatighat, while its tributaries Burhidihing (Naharkatia, Khowang), Subansiri (Badatighat), Dikhow (Sivasagar), Desang (Nanglamaraghat), Jia Bharali (NT Rd Crossing), Kopili (Dharamtul), Puthimari (NH Rd Crossing), Pagladiya (NH Rd Crossing), Manas (NH Rd Crossing) and Sankosh (Golokganj) are flowing above the danger level.

The Barak is also flowing above the danger level at Annapurna Ghat, said the ASDMA flood report here this afternoon.

The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) has expressed serious concern over the flood situation in Dhemaji district. Bodies of the six persons washed away by floodwaters have so far been recovered and may of the hapless people washed away by the floodwaters are reported missing till date.

Many of the flood victims have been starving under the bare sky. The State and the district administration have failed to initiate any effective measure to provide succour to these people, alleged the KMSS.

It has also alleged that the visit of the State�s Water Resources Minister has not been able to provide any relief to the flood victims.

Jonai Correspondent adds: A large area of the flood-ravaged Dhemaji district, including Jonai, Silapathar and a part of the neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh have remained cut-off from the rest of the State for the fifth day today. The region is facing acute shortage of petroleum products and other essential commodities

The Border Road Organisation today partly restored road communication at Samarajan. But it is not in a position to repair the Gainadi portion until the breaches of the roads are plugged.

As part of the mitigation measures, the sub-divisional administration has asked the traders to stock adequate food items and other essential commodities till the road link is restored.

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Dhemaji cut off for fifth day

GUWAHATI, Aug 19 � Though there seemed to be some improvement in the overall flood situation of the State, several rivers are still flowing above the danger level. A vast area of Dhemaji district is still cut off by road for the fifth day today.

Meanwhile, according to a cumulative account, the floods this year have affected in the State a total population of 9, 11,080 belonging to 3,232 families.

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today directed the district authorities of Dhemaji and Lakhimpur to supply adequate amount of relief materials to the flood victims of the district. He also directed the district authorities to supply adequate amount of cattle fodder, clothes and tarpaulins in the flood-hit areas of the districts, said an official press release here.

Besides, the Chief Minister has directed the district authorities to ensure supply of adequate amount of medicines and safe drinking water in these areas, said the press release.

Dhemaji District Disaster Management Authority (DDDMA) sources told this newspaper that due to the favourable weather condition, the over all flood situation in the district has shown signs of improvement today.

Today, only 80 villages of the district are found to be affected by the floodwaters. Yesterday, the number of affected villages was 246. Likewise, the number of affected people in the district has also come down to 61, 712 today, said the DDDMA sources.

But a vast area of the district, beyond Dhemaji town, is still cut off from the rest of the State by road.

The district still has 3,992 flood-hit people in nine relief camps.

The Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger level at Neamatighat, while its tributaries Burhidihing (Naharkatia, Khowang), Subansiri (Badatighat), Dikhow (Sivasagar), Desang (Nanglamaraghat), Jia Bharali (NT Rd Crossing), Kopili (Dharamtul), Puthimari (NH Rd Crossing), Pagladiya (NH Rd Crossing), Manas (NH Rd Crossing) and Sankosh (Golokganj) are flowing above the danger level.

The Barak is also flowing above the danger level at Annapurna Ghat, said the ASDMA flood report here this afternoon.

The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) has expressed serious concern over the flood situation in Dhemaji district. Bodies of the six persons washed away by floodwaters have so far been recovered and may of the hapless people washed away by the floodwaters are reported missing till date.

Many of the flood victims have been starving under the bare sky. The State and the district administration have failed to initiate any effective measure to provide succour to these people, alleged the KMSS.

It has also alleged that the visit of the State�s Water Resources Minister has not been able to provide any relief to the flood victims.

Jonai Correspondent adds: A large area of the flood-ravaged Dhemaji district, including Jonai, Silapathar and a part of the neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh have remained cut-off from the rest of the State for the fifth day today. The region is facing acute shortage of petroleum products and other essential commodities

The Border Road Organisation today partly restored road communication at Samarajan. But it is not in a position to repair the Gainadi portion until the breaches of the roads are plugged.

As part of the mitigation measures, the sub-divisional administration has asked the traders to stock adequate food items and other essential commodities till the road link is restored.

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