Lakhs displaced as floods threaten NE lifeline
Guwahati, Jul 28 (UNI) National Highway (NH) 37 in Kamrup district of Assam, the main supply link to the entire North East, is under threat of getting blocked.
Official sources here today said the Puthimari river, a tributary of the Brahmaputra, was flowing close to its Highest Flood Level (HFL) at the NH crossing.
Rainfall in the Bhutan hills posed a fresh flood threat to the lower Assam districts, while Arunachal's Lohit district also bore the brunt of the rising waters.
However, an official in the Regional Meteorological Centre here said the rainfall was likely to decrease in the next 48 hours.
Kamrup Rural Deputy Commissioner R.C.Jain claimed that the situation was grim but steady. He said traffic had been restricted on the highway due to the overtopping adding that the water level was steady since the last few hours.
The Brahmaputra flowed over the danger level at Dibrugarh, Neamatighat, Guwahati, Tezpur, Goalpara and Dhubri, with a rising trend at all places. Many of its tributaries were also flowing close to the HFL.
At least four persons were reported to have been drowned so far.
The situation in Dhemaji was also stated to be grim after the district was cut off from rest of the country since July 12. About 1.5 lakh people had been affected and 300 villages inundated, with the flood waters washing away parts of roads, including the NH and important bridges at several places.
In Lahkimpur district also, about two lakh people had been affected and over 200 villages inundated.
Sonitpur district and the island of Majuli in Jorhat were among the worst-hit as reports of fresh areas being affected were pouring in.
Parts of the Bodoland Territorial Autonomous Districts were also reported to have been inundated by flood waters. In Kokrajhar district, 150 villages were submerged yesterday after an embankment breach. However, it had been repaired today and the water was receding.