GUWAHATI, April 22 - The pre-Monsoon rainfall activities that got intensified since April 15 in the State, has resulted in floods in the three districts of Lakhimpur, Jorhat and Charaideo, affecting a population of over 12,000 people. The rains also resulted in water-logging in Sivasagar town.
However, Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) sources maintain that the overall situation is improving.
Meanwhile, sources in the State Water Resources Department (WRD) informed this newspaper that the Ranganadi waters, released by the NEEPCO from its Yajuli HE Project, have affected a newly built embankments at Borbeel and Diju. Steps have been taken to save the embankments.
At Janjhi in Sivasagar district, a single shutter sluice gate was damaged by the floodwater of Jhanji at Bonai on April 20. The breach has now been closed.
In Dibrugarh district, the Burhidihing eroded away a stretch of 140 metres of its right bank embankment at Konwar Gaon on April 20. Construction of a retirement dyke is going on on a war-footing in the area, said WRD sources.
According to the ASDMA sources, a total population of 10,000, belonging to 15 villages in each of Naoboicha and Lakhimpur Revenue Circles of Lakhimpur district, has been affected by the floodwater.
In the Teok Revenue Circle, a population of around 2,600 has been affected in four villages and the district authorities have distributed relief materials among the affected people.
Details of the flood-related situation in the newly created Charaideo district are not available till the filing of this report. ASDMA sources said that the district administration of Sivasagar has been asked to extend support to the Charaideo district administration in meeting the flood-related situations.
However, sources said that the affected population in the submerged villages is still living in their native villages.
At Sivasagar town, since the Dekhow river is in spate, the stormwater of the town could not be drained out and this has resulted in water-logging in parts of the town, sources said.
Sources in the Borjhar-based Regional Meteorology Centre (RMC) here told this newspaper this afternoon that the State has recorded rainfall of 133.6 mm since April 15.
This has raised the total amount of rainfall during this pre-monsoon period since March 1 to 297.4 mm till date, against the normal of 192.3 mm. Thus the State has recorded 55 per cent excess rainfall during this year�s pre-monsoon period till date.
Altogether 24 districts of the State have till date recorded excess rainfall during this pre-monsoon period. Among these districts, Kamrup recorded the highest excess rainfall of 187 per cent, while Sivasagar followed it with an excess rainfall of 162 per cent.