DIBRUGARH, June 27 - The flood scene in Dibrugarh district has turned to be more threatening as the deluge continues to engulf more areas and with seepage threat to age-old river dykes at an alarming pace. The water-logging scenario in many localities of the city has remained largely unchanged for the third day today.
Owing to �boiling seepage� in several locations of dykes including at Etakhuli, Charaibahi of Burhidehing dyke from Bhogamore, Joan Gaon to Sessamukh and reported caving-in of NH 37 in about 300 metres stretch near Cherepakati Gaon (Rongalao bazar), people in the area are in a panicky state. Seepages in dykes from several other areas have also been reported but could not be confirmed officially.
As per a mid-day report from the Assam State Disaster Management Authority of the district here, flood waters have spread over to another 54 villages from yesterday�s 65 villages and to entire 22 wards of the municipality here, which means altogether 119 villages and 22 wards of the city here are underwater.
As of today, the flood has displaced nearly 40,000, affected about 57322 cattle and nearly 30,391 poultry birds in the district. Till date 184 people have been evacuated. Personnel from Civil Defence have also been engaged along with the SDRF jawans for rescue operations. No loss of life has been reported in the last 24 hours, as per official report.
Dibrugarh West revenue circle is the worst hit with 28 affected villages. Similarly, 19 villages and entire 22 wards of the municipality in Dibrugarh East revenue circle have been marked affected. Fifteen villages have been severely affected in Chabua circle, 14 villages in Tengakhat circle, 17 villages in Naharkatia circle, 13 in Moran circle and another 13 in Tingkhong revenue circle. The affected crop area in the entire district is about 2492.09 hectares. Relief camps have been increased to 26 and the relief materials have been distributed from some 15 centres. About 3184 people are sheltered in the relief camps, officials informed.