Assam floods: 11 districts affected, over 350 villages submerged

The flood situation in Assam remains critical with over 350 villages under water.

Zee Media Bureau

Guwahati: The flood situation in Assam remains critical with over 350 villages under water. On Monday, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh spoke to Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi to take stock of the situation.

According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA)m, over one lakh people have been affected by the flood waters.

Heavy rainfall in the catchment areas of neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh has caused river Jiadhol to rise and inundate fresh areas in worst-hit Dhemaji district.

The Brahmaputra was flowing above the danger level at Nematighat in Jorhat district, Burhidehing in Dibrugarh district, Desang in Sibsagar and Jia Bharali in Sonitpur.

The Prime Minister assured Gogoi of all help from the central government to combat the flood situation. He inquired about the latest on the flood situation and asked the chief minister what kind of help would be required from the centre.

The first wave of flood this season since June has claimed one life in Morigaon district. About 6,000 hectares of agricultural land have been submerged with standing crops like rice being destroyed.

Relief camps have been set up in several districts.

Flood victims claimed there were no river embankments at various places or those breached by earlier floods were not repaired before the flood.

Floods have damaged six roads, one bridge, three culverts in Golaghat district, breached an embankment each at Madanpur and Chandpur in Karimganj district, ASDMA said.

The floods have also hit the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary and Kaziranga National Park where an elephant and an antelope were perished. Temporary restoration is being done with bamboo palisading and earth.

The 11 affected districts are Dhemaji, Tinsukia, Chirang, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat, Kamrup, Karimganj, Lakhimpur, Morigaon and Sibsagar.

(With PTI inputs)