On Monday, parts of Assam, including Guwahati, witnessed a heavy downpour. “The water level of Brahmaputra River is continuously rising but if it continues to rain further, it may get worse. It has been raining continuously for the past three-four days”, said one of the locals. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) also predicted that this rainfall may continue for a few more days. With the unceasing rainfall, the water level of the Brahmaputra River continued to rise, which resulted in a flood on Tuesday.
Seven districts out of fifty-five, namely, Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Darrang, Nalbari, Goalpara, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia, and over 2 lakh people, are massively affected. 1.68 lakh people are affected in Goalpara, 10, 943 in Nalbari, 7,897 in Dibrugarh 3,455 in Tinsukia, 2,970 in Lakhimpur, followed by Darrang and Dhemaji with 845 and 610. Not only people, but the floodwaters have also affected large portions of land that carry out crop activity. Of about 1007 hectares of fields are immersed underwater. 16,500 domestic animals and poultry also got affected
The flood also resulted in landslides in 5-6 locations, hindering the railway movement, and therefore, from Tuesday night, the railway operation was suspended from the Lumding – Badarpur hill section.
The State Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Chandra Mohan Patowary said that the ministers of various districts of Assam, who are in charge of COVID, will also look into flood management and arrange reliefs in the respective areas.
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Goalpara, being the most affected area, had set up 35 relief camps that have helped over 9000 people by sheltering them. For the railway problem, due to the landslides, restoration teams were called to arms and the work is in process. The passengers that were stuck at the station were provided with all the needful that were carried by trucks from Lumding.
The NDRF and SDRF have rescued nine people in the last 24 hours in Goalpara, while 172.53 quintals of rice, dal, salt and 804.42 litres of mustard oil have been distributed along with tarpaulin and other essential items.
According to ASDMA, at present, 321 villages are under water and 2,678 hectares of crop areas have been damaged. The numbers of damaged districts might increase.