DHUBRI, Sept 3 - Rescue operations have begun in the Dhubri district, especially in the chars and other low-lying areas, even as the water level continues to rise above the danger mark in river Brahmaputra and its tributaries.
Significantly, there are no signs of any respite coming for the flood affected with the weather forecast for the district also hinting towards further rise in the water level in the next 24 hours.
Official sources said that there has been absolute damage of crop areas in most parts of the district, which is a matter of worry keeping in view the timing of the flood.
Several rescue teams comprising the panchayat and mandal level functionaries have been pressed into action since this morning and additional boat services have been introduced to ferry people and cattle from low-lying areas to safer places, district administration officials told The Assam Tribune.
At the moment, the water is flowing at 29.50 m, much above the danger level of 28.62. The forecast for the next 24 hours is that the water level will further increase up to 29.60 m.
Deputy Commissioner of Dhubri Nazrul Islam informed that the water level is consistently rising above the danger level, which is not a good sign.
He said that if the scenario does not improve, more low-lying areas would be flooded and that is when rescue teams from the Army and other agencies would be pressed in.
�As of now, we are keeping them on stand-by but they could be put into action anytime,� he said.
Sources further stated that as more and more people are fleeing their homes due to floods, relief camps will have to be set up, especially for people in the char areas.
Several areas in char and other low- lying areas have been eroded and the scenario is expected to aggravate when the water level dips.
Road communication continues to remain largely affected and several approach roads have been damaged including those in the Indo-Bangla border.