JORHAT, June 10 � The rising water of mighty Brahmaputra has forced the sub-divisional administration of Majuli to suspend the ferry services to and from Jorhat cutting off the river island from the mainland today.
The data collected by the Central Water Commission (CWC) at Neamatighat revealed that the water-level crossed 86.18 cm this afternoon which is 1.14 cm over danger level.
Asked about any incident of damage during the flood, Anil Das, an administrative officer of Majuli subdivision said that 629 hectares of agricultural land was submerged by the flood water today in Ahotguri, Salmora, Kamalabari and Garamur.
�Erosion caused more damage at Teteliguri area in Ahotguri village panchayat during this flood. This morning an Assam-type concrete building of a lower primary school was washed by the massive erosion at Teteliguri, while another Middle English school building is hanging on the water. A major portion of its land area was also eroded by the Brahmaputra this afternoon,� Das said.
He said today 25 families were shifted to safer places as their houses in the Ahotguri area were also damaged by the erosion.
Officers said that goods-carrying ferries are allowed to continue the service of carrying the food, medicines and other essential materials from Jorhat.
Asked about scarcity of essential medicine in the only local civil hospital, the superintendent of Sri Sri Pitambar Dev Goswami Sub-divisional Civil Hospital Dr Sashi Phukan said that essential medicines in the hospital are currently available.
If the ferry-service remains suspended for many days, scarcity of medicines and food may take place, said several locals of Kamalabari.