Guwahati: The second wave of this year’s flood has knocked upper Assam’s Dhemaji district on Saturday and forced more than hundreds of families to turn homeless.
According to the villagers, the flash flood submerged more than 30 villages settling under the Sisiborgaon, Sripani, Gohain and Moridol panchayats of the district. Notably, the Gohain panchayat is located just 5 to 6 kms away from the Dhemaji town.
Dhemaji district deputy commissioner Narsing Pawar said, “Around 9 am today, the Gainadi Bordham right side embankment has been breached due to which the villages like Kerekoni, Lalung, Bishnupur and Bordham are affected.”
The DC said that there is no requirement of rescue or evacuation of the affected people to relief camps at this point of time. “All precautionary measures are being taken up. SDRF boats are stationed. Necessary GR material distribution is going on. The water level is receding and restoration work will be started immediately,” he said.
Pawar further said, “There were no loss of life and damages of property. However, a survey is being conducted to estimate the agricultural damages.”
The villagers stressed that the embankment was breached due to the lackadaisical attitude of the water resource department. “The embankment should have been repaired much before the arrival of the monsoon season. We complained it several times earlier. However, our grievances were completely ignored by the department concerned,” the villagers said.
In the meantime, the flood-affected people also demanded immediate compensation for the loss of ahu rice cultivation.