Flood affects 12 more villages in Assam

While the flood waters receded in Bongaigaon and Sivsagar districts, fresh inundation occurred at a dozen villages in Nagaon.

Guwahati: While the flood waters receded in Bongaigaon and Sivsagar districts, fresh inundation occured at a dozen villages in Nagaon even as four districts continued to reel under the impact of floods in Assam on Sunday.

"Fresh inundation has occurred in 12 villages in the low lying areas of Samaguri revenue circle of Nagaon district," Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said in its daily bulletin.

At present, Dhemaji, Jorhat, Nagaon and Morigaon districts are still affected by flood waters. A total of six relief camps are operational and are giving shelter to around 1,500 people.

ASDMA, however, said the situation in some areas, including the world`s largest river island Majuli, has improved marginally in the last 24 hours.

"The flood waters receded in Bongaigaon and Sivasagar district," it added.
The report also said the Brahmaputra in Jorhat and Dhubri districts, and its tributaries Dhansiri at Numaligarh and Jia Bharali at NT Road Crossing in Sonitpur district were flowing over the danger mark.

The first wave of floods this season since mid-May has affected nearly 1.5 lakh people in about 500 villages across 12 districts in the state.

Last week, the flood situation in the state turned alarming with the Brahmaputra destroying 60 houses in an erosion in Morigaon district. Massive erosion also took place in Bhuragaon and Mayong revenue circles of the district.

The flood has so far claimed one life in Morigaon district. It has also hit the Kaziranga National Park and Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary. An elephant and an antelope perished in Nagaon district.

So far, the flood waters have destroyed standing crops like rice in around 7,000 hectares of agricultural land.

The 12 affected districts are Dhemaji, Tinsukia, Chirang, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat, Kamrup, Karimganj, Lakhimpur, Morigaon, Sivasagar and Bongaigaon.

Meanwhile, the International Fund for Animal Welfare -
Wildlife Trust of India (IFAW-WTI) has provided 35 boats to the Kaziranga National Park for anti-poaching patrolling that houses more than 70 per cent of the world`s one horned rhinoceros.

"The boats are largely aimed at providing assistance to the local field staff in their patrolling (anti-poaching) activities during the floods in Kaziranga National Park," IFAW-WTI said in a statement.