Assam flood hits 30 new villages; 55,000 people affected
Tinsukia/Guwahati: The flood in Assam is gradually taking more areas under its grip with around 30 additional villages inundated on Friday, affecting a total of nearly 2,000 hectares of agricultural land in seven districts.
According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), Brahmaputra and its tributary Jia Bharali is flowing over the danger mark at Jorhat and Sonitpur respectively.
In Tinsukia district, 14 villages have been affected today, hitting around 5,000 people. Besides, 13 villages have come under water in Dhemaji district, along with 1 in Lakhimpur.
Heavy rains are reported from many parts of the state. So far, nearly 140 villages are under water, affecting nearly 55,000 people, official sources said.
However, there is no report of any casualty from any part of the state so far.
As per ASDMA records, 1,097.94 hectares of agricultural land have been submerged in two districts -- Dhemaji and Lakhimpur -- with standing crops under water. Besides, 858.69 hectares of land is affected in Golaghat, Kamrup and Jorhat districts. Nearly 10,500 animals and poultry have been affected so far.
About 50 villages are affected in the worst-hit Dhemaji district, hitting nearly 35,000 people. It is followed by 37 villages in Golaghat, 19 in Karimganj, 14 in Tinsukia, 10 in Jorhat, 4 in Kamrup and 1 in Lakhimpur districts, officials said.
The flood this season has also damaged around 550 houses in these villages. Erosion has been noticed on Khalihamari Butikur road in Dhemaji. Also, one bridge has been washed away in Sadiya sub-division of Tinsukia district.
Six roads have also been damaged in Golaghat along with a bridge. Embankments were breached at two places in Karimganj.
The people in the villages have left their homes to take shelter in the highlands.