GUWAHATI: Nearly two lakh people in Assam have been hit and about 9000 forced to take shelter in relief camps as the situation due to the first wave of floods worsened on Tuesday. More than 220 villages in seven affected districts have been inundated.
The Central Water Commission (CWC) has issued an alert saying that the flood situation is severe and is expected to deteriorate further. The Met department has forecast 'heavy to very heavy' rainfall at isolated places in the state over the next five days.
People outside their house in a flood-affected village in Nalbari district of Assam (PTI Photo)
The CWC in its tweet said, "River Brahmaputra at Neamatighat in #Jorhat District #Assam State continues in Severe Flood Situation with rising trend and is expected to rise further till tomorrow."
In another alarming tweet, the CWC said, "River Brahmaputra (main river) at Neamatighat #Jorhat District #Assam State is rising and flowing in Severe Flood Situation at 1300 hrs on 25th May 2020 and is likely to rise further."
Young boys using banana rafts to cross flood water at Darangiri in Goalpara (ANI Photo)
Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) stated that seven districts -Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Darrang, Nalbari and Goalpara have - been affected so far. Goalpara is the worst-hit where 1,68,196 have been affected followed by 10,943 in Nalbari, 7,897 in Dibrugarh , 3455 in Tinsukia, 2970 in Lakhimpur, 845 in Darrang and 610 in Dhemaji.
Of the displaced people putting up in relief camps, 8941 are in Goalpara district and the rest 30 are in Tinsukia district, the ASDMA said.
The first wave of floods struck on May 21. In last 24 hours, the number of people affected has increased by over 70,000 from 30,000 on Monday.
Water level rising in many areas in Assam
According to the CWC data, the water level at Naematighat station in Jorhat stood at 85.89 meters, which is 0.8 meters above the danger level. The highest flooding level in the area is 87.37 meters, which was last achieved on July 11, 1991. Similarly, in Sonitpur and Baksa districts, the water levels have crossed the danger mark and are set to touch the highest flooding levels. The Beki Road Bridge station in Barpeta district recorded the water level at 44.7 meters, which is 0.6 meters above the warning level and 0.4 meters below the danger level.
At Manas HS Crossing station in Barpeta district, the water level is 48.36 meters, which 0.5 meters above the warning level and 0.1 meters below the danger level. Similarly, in Sonitpur and Baksa districts, the water levels have crossed the danger mark and are set to touch the highest flooding levels.