GUWAHATI, Sept 4 - The overall flood situation in the State worsened further today with the number of affected districts shooting up to 21 and the number of affected people crossing 15.88 lakh. During the last 24 hours, five flood-related death cases have been reported from various parts of the State, said the official flood bulletin of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) here this evening.
The Army has been deployed for the rescue operations, besides State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel in Nagaon district, while NDRF personnel have been deployed in Dibrugarh district and SDRF personnel have been deployed in Dhubri and Sonitpur districts, said the ASDMA flood bulletin.
According to the Central Water Commission (CWC) flood bulletin this evening, the Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger level at Neamatighat, Tezpur, Guwahati, Goalpara and Dhubri. However, the river is maintaining a falling trend at Neamatighat, Tezpur and
Guwahati this afternoon. It is maintaining a steady trend at Goalpara and a rising trend at Dhubri, the CWC bulletin said.
The Brahmaputra tributaries Burhidehing (at Khowang), Desang (Nanglamaraghat), Dhansiri-S (Numaligarh), Jia Bharali (NT Road Crossing), Kopili (Dharamtul), Puthimari (N H Road Crossing) and the Beki (Road Bridge) are also flowing above their respective danger levels. On the other hand, in the Barak Valley, the Kushiyara is also flowing above its danger level at Karimganj, said the CWC evening flood bulletin.
It needs mention here that the Brahmaputra with a rising trend created quite consternation this morning when at 8 am its water level touched 50.21 metres with a rising trend, against its danger level of 49.68 metre in the city. However, the trend of the river gradually became steady around 3pm and around 6 pm its water level sunk to 50.19 metres with a falling trend.
A total of 1, 72, 308 hectares of crop area has been affected by the floodwaters in 2,080 villages under 81 revenue circles in the affected districts.
Barpeta, with its 2, 34, 578 people reeling under flood, has emerged as the worst affected district. It is followed by the districts of Darrang (2, 29, 469 people), Morigaon (1, 64,466), Nalbari (1, 25,314), Dibrugarh (1, 18,415) and Dhubri (1, 01,784) in this respect.
On the other hand, in terms of damage caused to infrastructure, Baksa is the worst hit district. It is followed by Sonitpur in this respect.
In all, 2, 06, 679 people are taking shelter in 320 relief camps set up at various places by the authorities for sheltering the flood-hit people.