Assam flood scene grim, Gogoi makes aerial survey
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Last Updated: Wednesday, July 20, 2011, 21:31
Guwahati: There was no let up in the flood situation in Assam as several rivers rose menacingly while railway tracks were washed away disrupting train services with Arunachal Pradesh.

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today made an aerial survey of flood-hit districts including worst-hit Lakhimpur in the state where an estimated 2.5 lakh people have been affected. Accompanied by top officials, he also surveyed the flooded Kaziranga National Park in Golaghat district.

The swollen Drupromg river last night washed away the Rangiya-Jonai-Mukongchelek metre gauge rail tracks near Tatibahar station through which the Arunachal Express and goods trains pass to the neighbouring state from Lakhimpur, officials said.

Both the Brahmaputra and Subansiri rivers in the district were flowing a metre above the danger level at Silikhagur and Ghonsoraighat.

The Gohin river in Lakhimpur rose menacingly and was threatening a dyke and affected the construction of the state's second veterinary college, the officials said.

Most areas of two rhino habitats at Kaziranga Park and the Pobitora Wild Life Sanctuary in Morigaon district were inundated but the animals were safe with patrols guarding against poachers, wildlife department officials said.

In Dhemaji district, the Brahmaputra rose above the danger level just below Bogibeel bridge at Karengsapori.

The Brahmaputra and its tributaries were flowing above the danger level in Sonitpur affecting 30,000 families and damaged 10,000 hectares of crop land.

Later, at a meeting in Jorhat, Gogoi instructed the deputy commissioners of flood-hit districts to distribute relief on a war-footing.


First Published: Wednesday, July 20, 2011, 15:27

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