Guwahati: The flood situation in Assam has shown gradual signs of improvement, although approximately 272,000 individuals across 15 districts continue to be affected. According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), 874 villages within 37 revenue circles in Bajali, Baksa, Barpeta, Darrang, Dhubri, Dibrugarh, Goalpara, Golaghat, Jorhat, Kamrup, Lakhimpur, Nagaon, Nalbari, and Tamulpur districts are currently submerged.
Among these districts, Barpeta district alone has witnessed 170,000 people being affected, with 60,707 individuals affected in Bajali, 22,060 in Lakhimpur, and 10,351 in Nalbari district. The floodwaters have inundated 5,936.63 hectares of cropland in the affected districts.
To aid those affected, the administration has established 61 relief camps and 104 relief distribution centres, where 43,064 people are currently seeking shelter. Over the past 24 hours, the floodwaters have caused significant damage, including the loss of 222 animals in Nalbari district, the destruction of 1,290 houses in Nalbari and Tamulpur districts, breaches in three embankments, and damages to seven embankments, 50 roads, three bridges, various Anganwadi centres, agricultural bunds, culverts, and irrigation canals.
While the general flood situation in the state is improving, the situation in Barpeta district remains dire, with approximately 170,000 people impacted across 167 villages in lower Assam. 120,000 individuals have been affected by the Sarthebari revenue circle in the Barpeta district, followed by 44,394 in the Barpeta revenue circle, 3,255 in the Chenga revenue circle, and 1,743 in the Baghbar revenue circle. Furthermore, 382.75 hectares of crops in the Barpeta district remain underwater. The district government has responded by establishing 59 disaster camps and 53 relief distribution stations.
Rescue operations are being carried out by personnel from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), and the Fire and Emergency Services. A glimmer of relief came as the water level of the Brahmaputra River in Guwahati reduced slightly on Sunday, providing some respite to those facing the severe flooding in Assam.
However, there are concerns that the water level may rise again due to ongoing rainfall in the state. The latest reports from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) indicate that the fears of local residents may indeed materialise. Assam government officials stated that the number of people affected by this year’s rainfall is lower compared to the previous year, offering some solace amidst the challenging circumstances.