A flood-affected village in Jorhat. Image credit - UB Photos

Villages hit by floods in Assam’s Jorhat district have gone up to 27 from 16 villages.

However, the number of flood-affected population has gone down from Tuesday’s 13,172 to over 12,000 in the Jorhat East, Jorhat West and Titabar revenue circles of the district.

Giving the reason why this was so, Jorhat deputy commissioner Roshni A Korati said that in Titabor, on Wednesday, the villages affected had increased from Tuesday’s 3 to 15 with the population increasing from 300 to 1800.

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But in Jorhat West revenue circle, the affected villages have decreased from yesterday’s 12 to 9 with a population decrease from yesterday’s 10,871 to 7450, the DC said.

“In Titabor, with the increase of 12 affected villages, population increase was about 1,500 but in Jorhat, with the decrease of three affected villages, the population decreased by about 3,421,” she explained.

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A Jorhat district administration source stated that over 1,387 hectares of crop areas have been affected by the floods.

The source informed that one relief camp, which had been opened under Jorhat West revenue circle on Tuesday, was functioning while two relief camps and five relief distribution centres had been opened under the Titabar revenue circle.

Meanwhile, 28 villages have been submerged in the island district of Majuli on Wednesday due to overflowing waters from the Brahmaputra and Subansiri rivers.

All the 28 villages under water were outside the embankment of the island and were close to the rivers with some villages located in sandbags.

Altogether 26,454 people have been affected by the floods and 167 hectares of agricultural land are reeling under water.

No relief camp had been set up but the administration was closely monitoring the situation.

Ferry services between Majuli-Jorhat remained suspended on Wednesday.

The services were suspended indefinitely from Tuesday afternoon by the Inland Water Transport department.

The Brahmaputra was still in spate and is flowing one metre above the danger level.

According to weather reports, heavy rains would continue for the next four days.

Smita Bhattacharyya is Northeast Now Correspondent in Jorhat. She can be reached at: triptyaddy@gmail.com

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