The flood situation in Assam worsened in the past two days, with incessant rains causing the Brahmaputra and several tributaries to flow above the danger level in several places. Official sources here on Sunday put the total number of affected people at over 2.87 lakhs, about a lakh have been accommodated in 118 relief camps in different districts. At least seven persons have lost their lives so far.
Dhemaji remained the worst affected with the Brahmaputra causing breaches to embankments at several places, inundating over 200 villages, and cutting off road links. Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi on Sunday directed the Revenue and Disaster Management Department to rescue the marooned people and to gear up relief and rehabilitation of the flood affected people on a war-footing.
The situation was also bad in Majuli, the world’s largest inhabited river island, where 50 villages have been submerged since Saturday. The authorities have suspended boat ferry services on the Brahamaputra between Majuli and Jorhat due to rapid increase in the water level. The river also washed away portion of a bank protection at Nimatighat, posing danger to Jorhat town.
In Arunachal Pradesh on the other hand the Siang and Subansiri have been flowing over the red mark since Saturday, while incessant rain has caused major breaches, cutting of road link to several towns. While Pangin-Pasighat, Pasighat-Mariyang, Mebo-Dhola and Pasighat-Ledum-Tene-Koyu roads have remained cut off in East Siang district, several roads in Upper Siang, Lohit and Papum Pare districts have been washed away.
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