Heavy rains have deteriorated life of people residing in Assam especially in Jorhat district, where the situation turned critical.
The army has been pressed into services for rescue operations as the Bhogdoi caused a major breach and washed away about 200 metres of an embankment near Dhekargora near Jorhat town in late hours of Friday. While 20 villages have been inundated, nearly 1,000 people have been sent to four relief camps.Incessant rain in Arunachal Pradesh and other adjoining states have worsened the flood situation in Assam.
According to officials, nearly 1.12 lakh people in seven districts are affected. The Brahmaputra and several of its tributaries have rose above the danger mark in several districts.The Brahmaputra has also warned to damage a spur on its southern bank at Kokilamukh, about five kms from Jorhat town, with the strong current already causing severe erosion, the latest flood update released by Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said. Any major breach in the embankment at Kokilamukh would lead to a major threat to Jorhat town.
Several villages in the island subdivision of Majuli in Jorhat district remained under water with the Brahmaputra flowing over the danger mark for the fifth consecutive day. Boat ferry service between Majuli and Jorhat has cut off over rise of water level, while official sources mentioned number of affected people at around 9,000.More areas have been also inundated in Lakhimpur, Sonitpur, Golaghat, Morigaon, Nagaon and Barpeta districts, while many localities of Guwahati city remained submerged due to floods caused by heavy rains since Wednesday night. The authorities have distributed drinking water and food in the worst-affected Guwahati localities like Anil-nagar and Tarun-Nagar.
The IMD website has warned for more rain in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura in the next four days. Arunachal Pradesh has been experiencing heavy rainfall in the past two weeks, with the IMD website saying the state had recorded 26 per cent excess rain.