DIBRUGARH, Sept 2 - Following the breach in the ring bund in Kawaimari under Dibrugarh (West) revenue circle yesterday evening and due to the continuing rise in the water level in Burhidehing and other tributaries, the total number of submerged villages went up to 227 from yesterday�s 101 in the district.
Due to the breach in the ring bund in Kawaimari near Khowang ghat yesterday the flood spread to another 73 villages in Dibrugarh West revenue circle and some 14 villages in Moran revenue circle. The continuing rise in the water level of the Burhidehing, Sessa and other rivers, the flood water also spilled over to more areas in Chabua, Tingkhong, Naharkatia and Tengakhat areas during the night, district officials informed. Ring bund also breached at Sessa Nepali village under Tengakhat revenue circle yesterday.
As of today, around 1, 34,237 have been displaced by the flood. Total area under water has been estimated about 7,657.39 hectares and total agricultural tract lost is about 14,155.1 hectares. About 92,064 affected people including women and children are taking shelter in 144 different relief camps, officials monitoring the situation informed.
In the city, waterlogging remains a menace for the fifth consecutive day, with millions of gallons of stormwater yet to be drained out from Khalihamari, Police Reserve, Naliapool, Red Cross Road, Jail Road, HS Road, several New Market areas, Tinkonia, Graham Bazar and parts of Bordoloi Avenue between Graham Bazaar and Paltan Bazaar. Electricity has not yet been restored at all localities here for the fifth day today, causing untold sufferings to thousands. Schools and colleges in the city remained closed for the third day.
The flood water in Khowang area has posed threat to the National Highway 37 near Betony. The flood water is almost crossing over the Highway. In view of the potential threat, plying of heavy vehicles has been prohibited on the said stretch, Moran Circle Officer, Ankur Bharali told The Assam Tribune.
Meanwhile, the Flood Forecast Monitoring Directorate of the Central Water Commission (CWC) has stated in an Advisory Forecast that in view of the water level rising in most of the rivers originating in China and Bhutan and traversing through Arunachal Pradesh, Assam as well in Tista, Jaldhaka, Torsa, Raidak and Mahananda basins in West Bengal high to unprecedented flood is expected in the basins of Brahmaputra in Dibrugarh, Dhemaji, Tinsukia, and Lakhimpur districts of Assam in the coming days.
Moderate to high flood is expected in sub basins of Jia Bharali and in Brahmaputra at Dhubri, Goalpara, Guwahati, Puthimari, Pagladiya and Beki which will affect the districts of Dhubri, Goalpara, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Nalbari, Darrang, Kamrup, Morigaon, Nagaon, Golaghat districts of Assam during the next 3-5 days. Low to moderate flood is also expected in most of the northern and southern tributaries of Brahmaputra in Assam, the CWC forecast stated.