GUWAHATI, June 3 - With rainfall activities continuing for the past several days in various parts of the northeastern region, the rain-fed rivers of the State are in spate and the first wave of flood has hit the districts of Lakhimpur, Jorhat and Biswanath, while rain-induced landslide has affected some parts of Dima-Hasao hill district, said an official flood bulletin here this evening.
According to the bulletin, the two phenomena have affected a total population of 13,962 in these districts. However, no report of loss of human lives was received from any part of the State till the filing of this report, even as 11 people were evacuated by the State Disaster Response Force personnel from different parts of Lakhimpur district where 126 people are taking shelter in relief camps.
Jorhat Staff Correspondent adds: The first wave of the rising waters of the Brahmaputra river today washed away a considerable portion of the black-topped approach road of Neamatighat, compelling the Inland Water Transport Department (IWTD) authority to shift the Neamati-Kamalabri Ghat about 70 metres away from the original location.
Jorhat Deputy Commissioner Virendra Mittal said Section 144 (CrPC) was imposed in the affected area to restrict movement of heavy vehicles and mass gathering to avoid any damage and disturbance in the ongoing emergency works for protection of the damaged road.
If the damaged portion is not protected to withstand the floodwaters of the mighty river, it will pose a serious threat to Bar Ali, which is the only dyke after the Neamati Road to protect the Jorhat district from flood waters.
Central Water Commission (CWC) data revealed that the water-level of Brahmaputra was at danger level at Neamatighat this evening. �In Pasighat and Dibrugarh, the water level is rising since this afternoon. In Pasighat, water level was 151.94 meres today against 151.89 metres yesterday. Dibrugarh too witnessed rising water level trend this afternoon with 104.66 metres,� said a CWC official.