GUWAHATI, July 28 - Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today undertook an aerial survey of the flood-hit Majuli, Nagaon, Morigaon, Jorhat, Lakhimpur and Dhemaji districts and directed several of the Ministers of his Ministry to visit the flood-hit districts to take stock of the situation and supervise the relief and rescue operations there. The State is reeling under severe flood for the past one week, with the number of flood-affected people today shooting up to 17,94,554. The floodwater have submerged 3,374 villages under 81 revenue circles of 22 districts.
Till yesterday evening, 21 districts were under severe flood as the rivers either overtopped their banks or breached their embankments at several places following incessant rains.
According to an official press release here this evening, the Chief Minister was accompanied during his aerial visit to the above districts by the Water Resources Minister Keshab Mahanta and Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Naba Kumar Doley.
Another official press release stated that the Chief Minister has instructed Minister Keshab Mahanta to visit Barpeta, Morigaon and Nagaon, Atul Bora to Golaghat, Sivasagar and Jorhat, Ranjit Dutta to Sonitpur and Biswanath, Naba Kumar Doley to Majuli, Lakhimpur and Dhemaji, Parimal Suklabaidya to Dibrugarh and Tinsukia, Rihan Daimary to Udalguri, Baska, Chirang and Nalbari, Pramila Rani Brahma to Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar and Dhubri, and Pallab Lochan Das to Darrang, Kamrup (R), Goalpara and South Salmara.
The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said in its flood bulletin here this evening that the Brahmaputra is flowing above danger levels at Neamatighat, Tezpur, Guwahati, Goalpara and Dhubri, while Burhidihing is flowing above danger level at Khowang. Subansiri is flowing above its danger level at Badatighat and Desang is flowing above its danger level at Nanglamuraghat, while Dhansiri (South) is flowing above its danger level at Numaligarh. The Jia Bharali is flowing above its danger level at NT Road Crossing, Puthimari is flowing above its danger level at NH Road Crossing, Beki is flowing above its danger level at Road Bridge and Sankosh is flowing above its danger level at Golakganj.
The ASDMA flood bulletin said the worst affected districts include Lakhimpur (1,00,617 people affected), Golaghat (1,50,326), Bongaigaon (1,77,012), Jorhat (2,00,684), Dhemaji (1,71,586), Barpeta (over 4,00,000), Goalpara (1,44,913), Dhubri (over 7.5 lakh), Darrang (1,85,877), Morigaon (over 3.4 lakh) and Sonitpur (1,00,199).
The authorities have set up 517 relief camps and 186 relief distribution centres, which are housing 2,29,544 people. NDRF, SDRF and the Army are helping the district administrations in evacuating the marooned people to safer places, the bulletin added.
F&ES, SDRF, Army and NDRF have rescued 150 marooned people in Bongaigaon district, while SDRF personnel have rescued 30 marooned people in Dibrugarh district, authorities have rescued 2,087 marooned people in Morigaon district, SDRF, NDRF, Army, F&ES rescued 10,877 marooned people in Golaghat district and SDRF personnel have rescued 121 marooned people in Nagaon district, said the ASDMA flood bulletin.