JORHAT, April 23 - The first wave of pre-monsoon flood on Friday inundated atleast four villages of Teok revenue circle, affecting more than 2,500 residents and their livestock after the swollen Jhanji river breached a ring bundh at Arunamukh area, besides washing away a sluice gate at Bonai.
The affected villages were identified as Sumoimari, No. 2 Kaoimari,Gelekoni and Bonaipathar.
Officials of the district disaster management cell said that they had conducted a survey for providing foodstuff and other relief material for the affected citizens.
�About 2,500 people of Teok revenue circle were affected by this wave of flood. We have taken up adequate measures to provide relief there,�said Jorhat Deputy Commissioner Solanki Vishal Vasant.
A concrete bridge was also washed away by the flood water of a rivulet known as Athubhonga Jaan in West Jorhat today.
However, data received from the Water Resource Department officials indicated that water-level in the Jhanji and Bhogdoi rivers started receding from the danger level since afternoon as the amount of rainfall decreased in the catchment areas of the rivers yesterday.
Asked whether the mighty Brahmaputra can pose any immediate threat to the riverside population of the district, officials of the Central Water Commission(CWC) said that the Brahmaputra is still flowing two metres below the danger level at Neamati-ghat, �which hopefully will not create any disaster in the district�.
As heavy rainfall caused artificial floods at Tarajan Kakotigaon, Soladhara, Club Road and several other locations of urban Jorhat areas, several senior citizens demanded the municipal administration to clean the clogged drainage system of the city on an urgent basis in order to get respite from the perennial seasonal hardship.
It may be mentioned that officials of the Water Resource Department and the District Disaster Management Cell are yet to conduct any survey in the flood-affected areas of the city in order to take stock of the actual number of flood-hit population during this pre-monsoon period.