DHUBRI, July 19 - Although the water level of the Brahmaputra in Dhubri district was on the receding trend since the last few days, yet heavy rains today resulted in 278 villages being submerged, thereby affecting a population of 3,15,838.
According to the Daily Flood Report by the District Disaster Management Authority under Dhubri revenue circle, 18 villages with a total population of 16,250 have been affected by the overflowing waters.
Similarly, 16 villages under Gauripur, 13 under Agomoni, 44 under Chapar, 23 in Bilasipara, and 164 villages under South Salmara Circle have been affected by the seasonal deluge.
The ongoing floods claimed another life in the district as the body of an 8-year-old was recovered on Saturday. The minor died due to drowning in the Brahmaputra near his home at Nayahat Pt-III under Bilasipara Circle.
The ongoing flood has already damaged at least six roads and two bridges in the district.
At the time of filing this report, the Brahmaputra had crossed the danger level and was flowing at 29.58 metres while the Gangadhar was flowing at 30.19 metres, when their danger levels are 28.68 metres and 29.94 metres respectively.
Although the level of the Brahmaputra was receding, the level of the Gangadhar was rising and rainfall measuring 154.8 mm was recorded over the Brahmaputra during the last 24 hours.
Following heavy rain, almost all the drains of Dhubri town were clogged and flash floods affected at least eight out of 16 wards in Dhubri town.