Assam – NH37 closed due to flooding of the national road
The second wave of flooding in Assam affected around 4 lakhs in 15 districts. Road communication between upper and lower Assam was interrupted in Jakhalabandha due to flooding. The Nagaon district administration announced the closure of NH37 in Numaligarh for an indefinite period.
Nagaon Deputy Commissioner Samsher Singh said there is a breach near Jakhalabandha and floodwaters are flowing over the NH37. The district administration therefore made the decision to close the road until the situation improved.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has asked Chief Secretary VK Pipersenia to hold a video conference and speak with deputy commissioners of affected districts to assess the intensity of the situation and undertake relief and rescue operations, according to one. government press release.
The districts of Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Baksa, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Chirang, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar, Charaideo, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia have been affected by the new wave of flooding which followed that of last month.
A report by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said the Brahmaputra, Buridihing, Dhansiri, Jia Bharali, Puthimari and Sankosh rivers were flowing above danger levels and submerged more than 20,000 hectares of cultivated land.
Nearly 14,000 people displaced by the floods have sought refuge in 39 relief centers, the ASDMA report added.
Chief Minister Shri Sarbananda Sonowal inspected flood relief camps in Tinsukia and Dibrugarh districts and provided an update on the situation on the ground.
The chief minister assured all possible help to those affected by the flood and ordered district officials to adequately provide relief materials.
The chief minister also said that the state government will consider the demands raised by the population, including the construction of embankments and the rehabilitation of affected areas.
The Dibrugarh district administration is continuing the rescue operation for people affected by the floods with the help of the NDRF and SDRF.
A total of 57,419 people and 87 villages are affected in the eastern and western income circles of Moran, Chabua, Tengakhat, Dibrugarh and West during recent flooding in the district.
To date, a total of 5,475,764 hectares of land including 3,525,892 hectares of agricultural land affected by the flooding.
The protection dyke near Pandhowa ghat under Tengakhat revenue ring, Bogibeel ring bundh and Gowalapatty ring bundh under West Dibrugarh revenue ring were partially damaged due to flooding.
The district administration has established 15 relief camps in Chabua, one in the eastern fiscal circle of Dibrugarh and two in the western fiscal circle for those affected by the floods.