GUWAHATI, Aug 18 � The number of people affected by the current wave of flood in the State has shot up to over 3.26 lakh. The number of districts affected by the flood wave has also shot up to six with the inclusion of Chirang district in the list. Fresh flood waters of the Jiadhal and the Gai River have inundated some new areas today in Dhemaji district.
The current wave has affected 335 villages in 11 revenue circles of the State and led to death of six persons, including the two in Lakhimpur district, one in Sonitpur district and three in Dhemaji district, said the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) sources here.
However, the Dhemaji District Disaster Management Authority (DDDMA) sources told this newspaper that the current wave of flood has taken a toll of four human lives.
According to SDMA sources here, the current wave has affected a crop area of 69,667 hectares and has damaged 297 kutcha houses and 17 RCC bridges and culverts. In all, 16 roads have been damaged by the current wave of flood in Dhemaji district, while four roads in each of Dhubri and Lakhimpur districts, five in Sonitpur district and one in Jorhat district have been damaged by the same wave of flood.
Road communication to a vast area of Dhemaji district, beyond Dhemaji town, is cut off since August 15. Rail communication to the district has also been cut off since the same date, said the DDDMA sources.
Though road communication to Dhemaji town from the rest of the State has now been restored, the same could not be restored between Dhemaji and Silapathar and between Dhemaji and Jonai, said the DDDMA sources.
DDDMA sources told this newspaper that the number of people affected by the current wave of flood has shot up in the district to 1.55 lakh. Likewise, the number of villages affected by flood has also shot up to 246 in the four revenue circles of Dhemaji, Gogamukh, Sisi Borgaon and Jonai in Dhemaji district.
Meanwhile, Brahmaputra at Neamatighat, Dhansiri (South) at Numaligarh and Beki are flowing above the danger level.