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Assam flood situation remains critical, relief work underway

The situation in Assam which is witnessing massive flooding remains critical, with over eleven districts underwater and over one lakh people affected.

According to a DNA report, catchment areas of neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh have seen heavy rainfall, which has in turn caused the river Jiadhol to overflow and flood new areas in Dhemaji district, which is the worst-hit at the moment.

Assam floods. PTI image

Assam floods. PTI image

Incessant rainfall in the catchment areas of the state’s upper reaches and neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh has raised the water level of the Brahmaputra throughout the state and it was flowing above the danger level at Nematighat in Jorhat, official sources said.

Its tributaries Jia Bharali at NT Road Crossing in Sonitpur district and Dhansiri at Numaligarh in Golaghat district were also flowing above the danger mark.

Dhemaji has opened five relief camps in the district and relief work has begun. The report cited official reports as saying that about 9,774 people and over 2,000 hectares of cropland have been affected in Dhemaji district. Altogether, 72 villages in Dhemaji are inundated, of which Sisiborgaon, Gogamukh and Jonai revenue circles are badly affected. About 25 villages in Majuli in the Jorhat west area and Teok revenue circle in Jorhat district along with 37 villages in Golaghat district are flooded.

Roads, bridges and culverts have been damaged in Golaghat district affecting road communication, while an embankment breached each at Madanpur and Chandpur in arimganj district, sources told PTI.

According to a Central Water Commission report cited by the Times of India, the water level of the Brahmaputra at Neematighat in Jorhat district was 87.73cm on Sunday evening and was rising. While the Jiadhol, Gai and Kumatia rivers in Dhemaji are in spate, water levels of the Disang, Burhidihing and Dikhow in Sivasagar and the Jiabhoroli in Sonitpur showed rising trends on Sunday.

With inputs from PTI