Guwahati: The flood situation in Assam further deteriorated on Monday with 80 more villages coming under its impact. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh spoke to Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi over the issue and assured providing all assistance. (Agencies)
With these 80 villages coming under water in Dhemaji, Chirang and Lakhimpur districts, around 350 villages in 11 districts are reeling under water, affecting over 1 lakh people, Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said. The 11 affected districts in the state are Dhemaji, Tinsukia, Chirang, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat, Kamrup, Karimganj, Lakhimpur, Morigaon and Sibsagar.
Heavy rainfall in the catchment areas of neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh led to the swelling of river Jiadhol inundating several areas in the worst-hit Dhemaji district.
Brahmaputra is reportedly 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 spoke to Tarun Gogoi and assured him all help from the Central government to combat the flood situation, official sources said. The PM inquired about the latest situation on the flood 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 got submerged with standing crops like paddy being destroyed.
Seven relief camps have been set up in Dhemaji and Chirang districts where about 1,500 people are sheltered. The flood victims claimed there were no river embankments at various places or those breached by earlier floods were left unrepaired.
Floods have damaged six roads, one bridge, three culverts in Golaghat district and breached an embankment each at Madanpur and Chandpur in Karimganj district, ASDMA said. The flood has also affected Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary and Kaziranga National Park, where an elephant and an antelope died.
Guwahati: The flood situation in Assam further deteriorated on Monday with 80 more villages coming under its impact. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh spoke to Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi over the issue and assured providing all assistance.