Guwahati, Apr 26: While most of the states in the country are reeling under the scorching sun, the pre-monsoon floods in the northeastern state of Assam has uprooted over a lakh people from their homes and hearths. According to Assam’s disaster management authority, the number of flood-hit people has gone up to 92,000 on Tuesday.
“Approximately 92,729 persons in six districts – Jorhat, Sivasagar, Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Cachar and Charaideo – have been affected by the current wave of floods,” an official statement said.
More than 4,905 hectares of crop area has been inundated by flood waters.
According to the Central Water Commission, river Burhidihing in Khowang and river Desang Naglamuraga (Sivasagar) were flowing above the danger level.
Forty relief camps have been opened in Sivasagar, Tinsukia, Dibrugarh and Charaideo district where 7,412 displaced are taking shelter.
“Army, NDRF and SDRF teams have been engaged in the flood affected areas of Charaideo district for search and rescue operations. Relief materials have been distributed to the flood-affected people in Sivasagar, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia and Charaideo districts,” the ASDMA said.
There was no respite from rain and hailstorms in the three districts of Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi of Barak valley. The Barak and its tributaries were swelling due to heavy rains in the plains and catchment areas. A number of villages have been hit due to breaches in embankments. The current spell of Nature’s fury has been described as the worst in living memory by old-timers.
Eight workers engaged in collecting stones from a quarry along the hilly river Jatinga under Borkhola police station were washed away by the fast-rising waters of the river last Saturday night.
They have been identified as Beauty Ghatowar (35), Lakshmi Rikiason (34), Swapna Ghatowar (18), Pimi Ghatowar (16), Mona Saotal (20), Kuti Teli (19), Uttam Ghatowar (22) and Kashi Teli (17) of Moinagarh under Subhang GP. They are yet to be traced.
Meanwhile, the Indian Meteorological Department said rain/thundershowers is very likely to occur at many places over Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura, and at a few places over Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Meghalaya.
Thundersqualls with wind speed exceeding 60 kmph accompanied by hail are very likely to occur at isolated places over Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura on April 25 & 26.
However, day temperatures rose markedly over Arunachal Pradesh and appreciably over Assam in the last 24 hours.
As per the Central Water Commission (CWC), river Burhidihing is flowing above its danger level at Khowang, while river Desang is also flowing above its danger level at Nanglamuraghat.
In all, 7,412 people have been taking shelter in 40 relief camps in Sivasagar, Tinsukia, Dibrugarh and Charaideo districts.
Army, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) teams are engaged in search and rescue operations in the flood-hit areas of Charaideo district.
Relief materials have been distributed to the flood-affected people in Sivasagar, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia and Charaideo districts.
Sources in the Borjhar-based Regional Meteorology Centre (RMC) here said this evening that the overall weather condition of the State improved today and this improvement in the State’s weather condition is expected to persist till April 27.
However, a trough is lying between the sub-Himalayan West Bengal and interior Odissa, across the Gangetic West Bengal, extending up to 0.9 km above the mean sea level. Its impact may result in rainfall activities at scattered places over the State on April 25, 26 and 27.
On the other hand, the overall weather condition may undergo a change on the night of April 28 or in the morning of April 29 with the resumption of rain or thundershower activities at many places over Assam and Meghalaya, said the RMC sources.