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Nearly 60,000 families hit by floods in Kamrup, Nalbari districts

By ANN Service

MIRZA, June 28 - The flood situation in Kamrup district worsened on Sunday as the water level of the Brahmaputra river rose 10 cm above the danger level (at 12 am on June 28) at Futuri village under Palasbari constituency.

The water level in several other villages under Goroimari, Chamaria, Boko and Hajo Revenue Circles was 15-20 cm above the danger mark at noon on Saturday, which has affected over 50,000 families in over 50 villages in Kamrup and over 10,000 families under Kurihamari and Bhangonmari Gaon Panchayat under Barkhetry constituency of Nalbari district.

In Palasbari, people have been shifted to camps and highlands, and relief has not been reportedly distributed to the marooned families till the filing of this report. �Relief and rescue operations must be carried out immediately to protect us from flood,� said Moho Ali of Dakhin Bardia village, one of the worst affected in Palasbari.

Over 300 acres of banana farms have been inundated in villages in Palasbari, causing heavy loss to farmers. Over 500 acres of vegetable and maize gardens in villages under Chhaygaon, Boko, Palasbari, and Barkhetry have been submerged, breaking the backbone of the farmers.

Sources said flood water wreaked havoc in over 20 villages under Goroimari Revenue Circle and hundreds of families have shifted to highlands.

In Hajo too, a large number of villages have been submerged by the waters of the Brahmaputra river, causing irreparable damage to cropland and human habitations, and many affected families have shifted to safer places, said Akbar Ali of Gaoburapam char village in Hajo.

Musa Hoque, a teacher of Laopara village, said that flood water of the Brahmaputra has also caused havoc in villages under Kurihamari and Bhangonmari Gaon Panchayats in Barkhetri. A bridge at Laopara village has been washed away.

�A large number of cattle and goats are standing in waist-deep water. All schools in Kurihamari and Bhangonmari Gaon Panchayats and the crucial Primary Health Centre at Laopara have been inundated,� said Rased Ali of Kurihamari village.

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