Incessant rains over the past one week have sent several rivers in Assam including the Brahmaputra overflowing in several districts, affecting over one lakh people in 12 districts of Assam till Tuesday.
The situation was particularly grim in Lakhimpur and Dhemaji districts in eastern Assam, where nearly 45,000 people have been affected.
Due to the incessant rains for last 72 hours in Assam and in neighbouring hilly terrains of Arunachal Pradesh and Bhutan, the water level of Brahmaputra and most of its tributaries have been going up. The surging levels of these rivers have submerged vast areas in Assam.
According to a statement from Central Water Commission (CWC), the Brahmaputra has been flowing over danger level at Nematighat in Jorhat district and at Sadiya in Tinsukia district in Assam.
Ferry services were suspended in Guwahati and Tinsukia district on Tuesday after Brahmaputra water level rose alarmingly.
On Monday evening, a boy slipped into the surging water of Gadadhar river in Dhubri and is missing since then.
The official Assam flood bulletin from State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) stated that three relief camps have been opened in Tinsukia district for flood affected people by the district administration.
The daily flood report issued by Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) on Tuesday said altogether 18 revenue circles in 10 districts have been badly affected, with the district authorities setting up three relief camps in Tinsukia district. Sizeable portion of the Dibru-Saikhowa National Park in Tinsukia has been submerged by the rising water of the Brahmaputra. Flood waters of the Brahmaputra have also entered the Kaziranga National Park, forcing animals to move to safer places.
While the Brahmaputra was flowing over the danger mark in Nimatighat in Jorhat district, several villages in the river-island of Majuli have been also inundated. In Gohpur sub-division in Sonitpur district, Solengi, Chatrang and Sessa – all tributaries of the Brahmaputra – have caused major breaches to embankments and inundated villages and standing crops. Over 21,000 people have been affected.
Report said nearly 38,000 hectares of standing crops – mostly paddy – have been damaged, of which Dhemaji (2300 hectares) had recorded the highest, followed by Sonitpur, Goalpara, Lakhimpur and Kamrup.
The districts affected in the flood are Tinsukia, Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Sonitpur, Darrang, Baksa, Nalbari, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Goalpara, Kamrup (Metro) and Jorhat.
Over one lakh people in 12 districts of Assam have been affected in flood this year. The flood claimed two lives, one in Lakhimpur and one in Dhubri, since last Monday.