Incessant rains since Saturday has submerged most parts of Guwahati, while three persons have been killed, one each due to drowning, landslide and electrocution. As normal life was thrown out of gear, the government closed down schools and colleges, and SDRF personnel deployed to shift residents from the worst-affected localities.
While most low-lying localities were under waist-deep water, flash floods caused by rain-water coming down from the adjoining Meghalaya hills have inundated new areas in the Assam capital. While poor and inadequate drainage has remained a bane for Guwahati, the Assam government had blamed rampant destruction of hills in adjoining Meghalaya for adding to the city’s woes.
Public transport and all vehicular movement came to a standstill as the major arterial roads like GS Road, RG Barua Road, Dinesh Goswami Road, GN Bardoloi Road, Maniram Dewan Road and Panjabari Road remained submerged since last evening.
In Goalpara and Dhubri districts, the government deployed BSF personnel to rescue hundreds of villagers marooned due to floods. In South Salmara sub-division of Dhubri district, about 5,000 people have been marooned. Teams of the NDRF and SDRF have been also deployed in the two districts, official sources said.
While the Brahmaputra has been flowing abve the red mark for the past two days, the water-level in several other major tributaries has also risen in the past three days. In Guwahat city, the Bharalu and Bahini, two rivers that flow through the city, were overflowing, especially as the Brahmaputra was flowing above the danger level.
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today reviewed the worsening flood situation and directed chief secretary Jitesh Khosla and administrations of the affected districts to take all possible measures to rescue the marooned and to provide relief and rehabilitation to the flood-hit people.
Control rooms have been set up in the Kamrup (Metropolitan) district administration, the Chief Minister’s Secretariat and the Guwahati Municipal Corporation to monitor and coordinate the rescue and relief operations round the clock. At last eight persons had died in flash floods in Guwahai on June 28.
More rains in store in Northeast
Even as the flood situation has turned grim and incessant rains have triggered of landslides, the Met department has warned of more rains across the Northeastern region in the next two days.
Heavy to very heavy rain would occur at a few places with extremely heavy falls at isolated places over Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Meghalaya on September 22 and 23. Heavy to very heavy rain would occur at isolated places over Assam and Meghalaya on September 24 and over Arunachal Pradesh, and at isolated places over Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura on September 23, a warning issued by the met office said.