Flood situation in Hojai district remains grim as incessant rains for last few days and release of excess waters from the dam of NEEPCO’s Kopili Hydro-Electric Project in Dima Hasao flooded various parts of the district.
The flood has also disrupted normal life in Assam’s Hojai district.
The swollen waters of river Kapili have inundated many villages of Hojai district including Kumrakata, Raikata, Thaplaguri, Kanduguri, Hatimura, Nepalikuthi, Shivpur and Rajbari.
At Rajbari, a herd of 13 elephants has also remained trapped as they fail to return to the forest after being surrounded by flood waters since Friday morning.
However, a team of forest personnel has been making efforts to drive away the wild elephants towards the forest.
“Our team making all efforts and is doing everything possible to drive away the elephants towards the forest since early in the morning,” divisional forest officer (DFO) Pulak Choudhary told Northeast Now.
A large number of houses have also been submerged by flood waters.
Livestock have also been severely affected due to the flood.
A local while talking to Northeast Now said, “Several bighas of paddy field have been damaged and many houses and livestock have been affected by the flood.”
On the other hand, at Kumrakata, the main road connecting Hojai district with West Karbi Anglong district has completely been submerged by flood waters.
Locals are using boats to move from one village to another.
“This morning, one man while crossing the road drowned, however, he was lucky enough that he could anyhow manage to survive by holding a post. In the meantime, other villagers noticed him and saved his life,” a local said.
Meanwhile, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel rescued members of many families trapped in flood waters.
Tanmoy Pratim Borgohain, the deputy commissioner of Hojai district, while talking to Northeast Now said, “The district administration has remained alert and is monitoring the flood situation in the district. Emergency services have been put on alert across the district and already relief camp has been set up where flood has affected severely.”
Including Hojai district, a total of 21 districts across Assam have been affected in 2019 so far.