BARPETA, June 27 - Incessant rain for the last few days and rising water level of the rivers, have inundated most of the low-lying areas in Barpeta district and the flood situation has become serious today. About one lakh people living in 200 villages have been affected by flood so far.
River Kaldia has breached its embankment in several places affecting a number of villages under Bajali and Sarthebari revenue circles of the district. Burhadia has already breached its embankment at Parahkuchi and a road at Kalatali last month. As these breaches were not plucked, the river water has been overflowing unabated causing trouble to the inhabitants of nearby villages.
Baghabar revenue circle is the worst affected in terms of number of villages with 52 followed by Chenga revenue circle with 40 villages. The number of affected villages under Sarthebari and Bajali revenue circle area stand at 35 and 25 respectively.
Several roads in the district have either been eroded, washed away or submerged either by heavy rain or by the current wave of flood. Tihu Lachima road connecting Sarthebari in Barpeta district and Tihu in Nalbari district has been under flood water for the last two days near Parahkuchi where Burhadia has breached its embankment. Road from Alopati PHC to Luitpariya Bazar, Baghmara to Sukhowajar Anchalik Bazar, Kalaridia to Sukhowajar Anchalik Bazar, Baghmara to Bhatnapaity Anchalik Bazar and Mandia to Kanara have been eroded by heavy rain. Patbaushi Palhazi Tarabari road has been submerged by the flood water and Kayakuchi Mohanbazar road has been damaged by flood water of Pahumara. Besides, a number of other roads in the district are in a vulnerable condition.
The water level of most of the rivers flowing along the district are above their danger mark and according to the latest information they are showing a rising trend. Brahmaputra is flowing at 42.28 metre which is one metre higher than the danger mark. Kaldia is flowing about 1.5 metre above the danger mark. Beki, Manas, Bhelengi and Pahumara are also flowing above their danger marks at the time of filing this report. Water level of all the rivers are rising now and if this trend continues for another two days, the entire district will witness a devastating flood.