GUWAHATI, June 15 - The number of flood-hit people in the State today swelled up to 3,86,570 in 668 villages under seven districts of the State. Today was the third day of the first wave of flood the State is facing this year.
Meanwhile, according to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) flood bulletin issued today, the North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO) has started releasing water from the dam of its Ranganadi Hydroelectric Power Project in regulated manner and the situation related to this act of the Central sector power company is under control till the filing of this report.
The ASDMA said in its bulletin that the district administrations of the hydropower station�s downstream districts are in close touch with NEEPCO and that they were kept on high alert.
The ASDMA bulletin has named the flood-hit districts as Hojai, Cachar, Golaghat, Hailakandi, Karimganj, Karbi Anglong (East) and West Karbi Anglong.
Floodwaters have damaged 325 houses. Rainfall-induced landslide incidents have been reported from Mahur, Harangajao and Maibang of Dima Hasao districts, in which 136 houses were fully damaged.
Such incidents have also been reported from Birubari Nizarapar areas of the city. However, no casualty has been reported so far from these areas, said the ASDMA.
Personnel of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and the Assam Rifles have been deployed in the flood-hit areas for searching out and rescuing of marooned people. So far, 471 marooned persons have been rescued by these personnel from the flood-hit districts of Karimganj, Hailakandi, Cachar and Golaghat.
The respective district administrations have set up 162 relief camps to provide shelter and relief to the flood-hit people of Karimganj, Hailakandi, Karbi Anglong (East) and Golaghat. So far, 67,175 flood-hit people are taking shelter in these camps.
The ASDMA bulletin said that Dhansiri is flowing above its danger level at Numaligarh in Golaghat district, while the Jia Bharali is also flowing above its danger level at NT Road Crossing in Sonitpur district; the Barak is flowing above its danger level at Annapurna Ghat in Cachar district and at Badarpurghat in Karimganj district; the Katakhal is flowing above its danger level at Matizuri in Hailakandi district and the Kushiyara is flowing above its danger level at Karimganj in Karimganj district.