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Marginal let-up in flood

  • Flood water washed away portion of a road at Mijika in Biswanath Chariali on Friday. Photo by UB Photos.
    Flood water washed away portion of a road at Mijika in Biswanath Chariali on Friday. Photo by UB Photos.

The overall flood scene improves following thr halt of rains during that last 70 hours. The water level of thr Brahmaputra and its tributaries have shown a receding trend and if it continues the situation would improve further during the next few days.

But the plight of the people trapped in thr flood waters refuses to die down. Lakhs of people are still in the relief camps set up by the authority. 

“The water level is receding. But we don’t know when we would be able go back. How will be able to resume normal life in the ravaged house,” said Irabala Saikia in Nagaon who shifted to a relief camp.

Deepak Bordoloi, a relief camp inmate in Mayong area in Morigaon district broke down in tears. He said,”I have lost everything. Flood waters have washed away my hut with whatever I had at hand. My poultry is no longer with me. Where I will go since the relief camps would be closed down within this week. Who will listen to me.”

Army, NDRF, SDRF jawans are fanning in the flood hit areas  continuing relief and rescue operations and the Indian Air Force keeps airdropping relief materials to the marooned people in the remote and inaccessable areas.

The worst-hit districts include Nagaon, Goalpara, Barpeta, Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Sivasagar, Jorhat, Golaghat, Morigaon, Sonitpur, Biswanath, Goal Para, Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia and Kokrajhar where the government has set up as many as 1000 relief camps.

Many organizations and non governmental organizations have also been helping the marooned people shift to the relief camps. Some others have been distributing food and clothes among the marooned people.

Normal surface communication still remains cut off in the flood hit areas. Train services in the entire north eastern region remains unmoved for seventh consecutive day on Thursday. The Northeast Frontier Railway has suspended movement of all trains outside the region till August 20.

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