GUWAHATI, Aug 2 - A population of 1,05,782 in 224 villages under 18 revenue circles of eight districts of the State has so far been affected by the second wave of flood this year. The total number of flood-related deaths for the year has also swelled to 38 today and 20,869 flood-hit people are taking shelter in 68 relief camps, said the Assam Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) in its flood bulletin here this evening.
The Brahmaputra is flowing above its danger level at Neamatighat in Jorhat district, the Dikhow is flowing above danger level at Sivasagar, the Dhansiri (South) is flowing above its danger level at Numaligarh and at Golaghat, the Jia Bharali is flowing above danger level at North Trunk Road Crossing in Sonitpur district, and the Beki river is flowing above danger level at Road Bridge in Barpeta district.
The Central Water Commission (CWC) in its flood bulletin said this morning that the Brahmaputra (at Dibrugarh, Tezpur, Guwahati, Goalpara and Dhubri), the Ranganadi (at NT Road Crossing), the Subansiri (at Chauldhowaghat and Badatighat), the Dhansiri (South) at Golaghat and Numaligarh, the Jia Bharali (at NT Road Crossing), the Kopili (at Kampur), the Manas (at NH Road Crossing), the Gaurang (at Kokrajhar), the Barak (at Badarpurghat) and the Kushiyara
(at Karimganj) were maintaining a rising trend.
The ASDMA said in its flood bulletin that the current wave of flood has affected the districts of Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Udalguri, Barpeta, Golaghat, Sivasagar and Charaideo. While in Dhemaji district 20 villages under the revenue circle of Gogamukh have been affected by the floodwaters, in Lakhimpur district 24 villages under the revenue circles of Kadam (2), Narayanpur (2), Bihapuria (7) and Naoboicha (13) have been affected.
The floods have affected 13 villages under Halem (7) and Gohpur (6) revenue circles in Biswanath district, 19 villages under the Mazbat revenue circle in Udalguri, nine villages under the Kalgachia revenue circle in Barpeta, 91 villages under the Sarupathar (12), Merapani (12), Morongi (17), Khumtai (13), Golaghat (12), Bokakhat (18) revenue circles and the Border Area Sector-B (7) in Golaghat district, 47 villages under the revenue circles of Sivasagar (30) and Nazira (17) in Sivasagar district and one village under the Sonari revenue circle in Charaideo district.
Three cases of flood-related deaths have been reported, with one each from the districts of Dhemaji (Gogamukh revenue circle), Udalguri (Mazbat revenue circle) and Golaghat (Bokakhat revenue circle), raising the death toll to 38, said the bulletin.