BONGAIGAON, Aug 21 - As the current flood hit several new villages in Bongaigaon and Chirang districts last night, the residents of those rural areas are seeking the help of rescue teams to shift to safer places.
In Bongaigaon district, the number of flood-hit villages has increased to 205 with a population of around 3,48,249 being affected. Over 2.2 lakh of these flood victims have been housed in 84 relief camps. A total of 10 rescue boats and eight medical teams have been pressed into service in the district. Rescue teams evacuated many people and domestic animals from the marooned villages in the district today.
According to the Chirang district administration, the number of flood-hit villages has gone up to 73. Only 66 flood-hit people are taking shelter in one relief camp in the district. One person lost his life at No. 2 Kawadi under the Bijni subdivision of the district. Ten thousand heads of cattle have been affected in the flood which has breached four embankments, 11 rural roads, five bridges and four buildings in the district during the past three days.
Rescue teams, comprising the personnel of the Army�s Sikh Light Infantry, State Disaster Response Force and Fire and Emergency Service, have carried out rescue operations in the district.
According to the administration, the water level of the major rivers in Bongaigaon and Chirang districts has receded since this morning.