NORTH LAKHIMPUR, July 1 � The flood situation in the entire Lakhimpur district is improving following respite of rainfall after a week�s heavy downpour.
The fair weather for the last couple of days receded the level of water in all rivers of the district clearing inundated areas from flood water and making the relief operations to reach the flood victims easier.
Earlier, the flood situation continued to be grim following for more than a week following overflowing of Brahmaputra river and its tributaries that breached embankments at various places. The district experienced season�s first flood as incessant rain lashed the area for almost a week affecting almost one-and-a-half lakh people in different places.
According to an official communique, the flood in Lakhimpur district affected 1551 people of 16 villages in Nowboicha Revenue Circle. Similarly 44,300 people were affected in 35 villages of Bihpuria Revenue Circle, 12,429 people of 14 villages under Lakhimpur Revenue Circle, 15,979 people of 35 villages of Narayaanpur Revenue Circle were affected by flood. The worst affected area of Lakhimpur was in Dhakuwakhona Revenue Circle where 70,726 people of 92 villages were hit by the flood.
On the other hand, flood destroyed cropland of 1543 hectares in Narayanpur Revenue Circle whereas 94 hectares of cropland are damaged in Lakhimpur Revenue Circle. The rising flood water of Brahmaputra damaged a portion of the embankment at Sisi-Tekeliphuta area inside neighbouring Dhemaji district causing wide-scale inundation of human settlements and paddy fields in Dhakuwakhona subdivision of Lakhimpur district. The overflowing water of Subansiri breached six meters of its embankment at Tikrai in Narayanpur in Lakhimpur district earlier affecting 30 villages in that region. The rising flood water of Ranganadi also damaged its embankment at Rangajaan threatening the entire North Lakhimpur town.
Lakhimpur Deputy Commissioner Dr Anwaruddin Choudhury made several visits to the flood-affected areas of the district and took stock of the situation. He held emergency talks with officials concerned to initiate relief and rescue operations at war footing. He also engaged the Home Guard personnel to keep a strict vigil on embankments of the district and instructed the district veterinary department to be ready with cattle fodder as a part of relief material.
The DC also divided the North Lakhimpur Sadar subdivision into three separate medical zones to speed up response of medical teams for the marooned flood victims with medicines kept ready in six machine boats. Today a 36-member National Disaster Response Force personnel arrived in North Lakhimpur to launch rescue operations in the flood-hit areas of Lakhimpur district.
The district authorities also have been distributing relief materials consisting of rice, pulses and salt in all flood-hit areas of Lakhimpur district and installed tube wells. No reports of any human casualty have been reported from anywhere of the district so far.