GUWAHATI, Aug 19 - The floods have damaged around 1,389 PWD roads in the State between March 31 and August 18 this year and around 244 PWD roads have also been breached by the gushing floodwaters till yesterday. The floodwaters have also damaged around 52 PWD bridges and around 265 approaches to the PWD bridges, besides damaging around 151 culverts during this period, thus causing a serious infrastructural problem for road communication in the State, official sources here said.
Under the impact of the floodwaters, around 26 breaches also occurred in the embankments built and managed by the Water Resources Department (WRD) during the same period, the sources added.
During the current wave of flood, which started on August 10, around six breaches occurred in the WRD dykes till August 18. During this wave of flood, around 377 PWD roads, around 37 PWD bridges, approaches to around 78 PWD bridges and around 51 PWD culverts were damaged, while around 60 PWD roads were breached, sources said.
According to preliminary reports, between March 31 and August 18, around 3,423 houses were completely damaged, while around 23,512 houses were partially damaged by the floodwaters.
The preliminary official reports also stated that during the same period, a total crop area of around 3.82 lakh hectares has been damaged and around 12,000 big and small domesticated animals washed away by the floodwaters.
During the current wave of flood, around 2.52 lakh hectares of cropland have been affected by the floodwaters, sources said, referring to the preliminary official reports.