PATACHARKUCHI, June 28 - The Kaldia river has breached its embankment at six places following incessant downpour over the last couple of days, flooding vast tracts in Bajali area.
The river on Saturday night washed away a portion of the embankment at Damalaga ghat near Akaya and flooded a large area forcing some families to take shelter near the Akaya LP School. Earlier, it had created havoc in various parts of Bajali as parts of the embankment were washed away at Patacharkuchi, Barnalikuchi, Bakapara, Akayananda Suba, near Helana Raas Mandir, and at Bargandubi. Besides, at many areas, flood water flowed over the embankments.
In Bakapara, the river washed away a portion of embankment and submerged the surrounding areas of Barnalikuchi village. New areas are getting submerged. In Akaya, a huge portion of embankment was washed away at Akayananda Suba and a huge area was inundated on Saturday. The rain water also submerged roads and residential areas at Patacharkuchi town and most parts of Pathsala town. In Jyotinagar, Krishnagar, Shantipur areas, flood water was flowing over the bylanes. The 100-year-old Bajali Higher Secondary School has been submerged.
In Patacharkuchi, the historic Siva Durga Dham has got submerged. Around 86 people were forced to take shelter at Patacharkuchi Vidyapith relief camp. Flood water has entered many residential areas. Mention may be made that the residence of Bharat Bhushan Devchoudhury, the present Deputy Commissioner of Nalbari district, has also got submerged. Floods have hit Bargandubi village for the fourth time this year. On Saturday, the embankment near the Helana Raas Mandir was also washed away affecting many areas. In Dekapara of Bhaluki village, one �ring bundh� was also washed away. In Barnalikuchi-Ballartari, water has started to flow over the embankment. The Madan Rowta Road, Patacharkuchi-Bhaluki connecting pwd road, Patacharkuchi-Kanimara road have also got submerged at many places, and communication has been affected.
Paddy seedlings for the ensuing cultivation season have been inundated in most places of Bajali revenue circle. Meanwhile, Barpeta Deputy Commissioner Munindra Sarma along with Bajali SDO (Civil) Nayan Jyoti Bhagabati, visited Bargandubi area and took stock of the flood situation. Revenue Officer Dr Sangita Sarma, who is monitoring the situation, informed that the authority is distributing relief materials in the affected area and till Sunday, 2,000 families were provided relief materials and the distribution process will continue. Phani Pathak, State executive member of the BJP, urged the Chief Minister and the Barpeta Deputy Commissioner to take urgent steps to repair the embankment in the area.
Patacharkuchi MLA Pabindra Deka on Sunday visited the affected areas of Kenduguri, Gohinpara, Akaya, Nityananda, Rehabari, Patacharkuchi, Barsahan, Bezkuchi, Barnalikuchi, Bakapara, Kanimara, Bhaluki, Koch Diga, Rup Diga, etc., and met the affected people and demanded proper relief to the flood-affected villagers.
Dr Sangita Sarma informed that as per the preliminary assessment around 40 villages, 500 hectares of crop land and 25,000 people have been severely affected.