GUWAHATI, July 20 � The total number of people affected by the current wave of flood has shot up to 3, 34,463 in 513 villages in the six districts of the State even as Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today made an aerial survey of the affected areas of Lakhimpur, Dhemaji and Jorhat districts.
The Chief Minister also directed the Deputy Commissioners of the flood-hit districts to expedite the flood relief operations. He also asked them to review the flood situation everyday and take the necessary measures accordingly, said an official press release here this evening.
Meanwhile, the Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger level at Neamatighat, Tezpur and Dhubri, while its tributaries Dhansiri (South), Jia Bharali and Beki are flowing above their respective danger levels at Numaligarh, NT Road Crossing and at Road Bridge points respectively, said the official flood bulletin.
According to the official press release, the Chief Minister surveyed from the air North Lakhimpur town, the areas affected by the floodwaters of the Luit-Khabalu, Ranganadi and Subansiri rivers and the flood-affected areas of Borchala, Pora and Jonai, Bogibeel and the river island Majuli.
The Chief Minister also made an aerial inspection of the flood-hit portion of the Kaziranga National Park.
The Chief Minister later held discussion with Upper Assam Commissioner Syed Iftiquar Hussain, Jorhat Deputy Commissioner Ramesh Chand Jain, the officers of the Water Resources Department and the departments concerned on the issues of flood and erosion.
According to the official flood bulletin, 513 villages of the six districts of Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Sonitpur, Sivasagar, Jorhat and Barpeta have been affected by the current wave of flood.
So far no report of flood-related loss of human life from any of the affected areas has been received, even as nearly 1, 40,000 people have been taking shelter in relief camps. Of them, 605 are taking shelter in two relief camps of Dhemaji district and 1, 38, 260 are taking shelter in 250 relief camps of Lakhimpur district.
The break up of the affected villages, according to the official bulletin is --197 villages in Lakhimpur district, 237 villages in Dhemaji district, 56 villages in Sonitpur district, two villages in each of the Barpeta and Sivasagar districts and 19 villages in Jorhat district.
The flood waters have affected a total crop area of 9485.17 hectares and the district wise break up in this respect stands as --- 1820, 50 and 6,550 hectares in Dhemaji, 2231.67 hectares in Sonitpur and 323, 4.5, 514 hectares in Jorhat.
In Dhemaji district the left bank embankment of the river Nandi near Rajabari and the right bank embankment near river Na Nadi submerged and partially damaged. The Loumuri to Dhubabari PMGSY road was submerged and partially damaged under Gogamukh Revenue Circle. The road-cum-bundh was damaged near Berachapor under the Jonai Revenue Circle.
In Sonitpur district, five village roads -- Badal Pathar, Belotia, Chegaigaon, Deonabari, and Gohpur Naya Ghagra road under Gohpur revenue circle have been damaged. In the same revenue circle, breaches in the embankment of the Solengi river occurred at Balitiak and Deonabari village.
In the Tezpur Revenue Circle of the district, breaches occurred on the embankment of the Jia Bharali river at Gorsing Bihiagaon, said the official flood bulletin.