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Incessant rain for past few days has resulted in erosion at Amaruguri area of Upper Assam’s Dibrugarh district.

Every year, due to erosion Amaruguri has lost huge area of land into Brahmaputra River.

The first wave of flood hit Assam amid COVID-19 pandemic and the people living in the low laying area of Dibrugarh are concerned about their fate.

“Every year due to erosion we have to lose our land but this time the monsoon came early and erosion started in our area. The area has been hit by soil erosion for past many years but the government failed to control the erosion in this part,” said a resident of Amaruguri.

The first wave of flood has also hit Bindhakotta Goan panchayat in the district.

The Dhodia area under Bindhakotta gaon panchayat is also affected by the flood.

A villager of Dhodia said, “Every year flood first enters in our village and we have to move to relief camps. Till now the situation is under control but if rain didn’t stop then the entire area would be flooded.”

“We have sent a boat to Dhodia after flood water for the people residing in their village. Till now we have not set up any relief camp in Dibrugarh. Every year, due to flood the area has been affected and we have to set up relief camp for the people. We are fully prepared to tackle any situation,” an official from Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ADDMA) said.

“Due to COVID-19 we have follow the guidelines and it will be very tough for us to set up camps by following the guidelines,” the official added.

He further said, “If rain continues then many villages will be flooded soon. In Dibrugarh, Brahmaputra River was below the danger level (105.70). If needed we will start distributing relief materials in Dibrugarh.”

Chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Sunday visited a quarantine centre at Demow in Sivasagar district and directed all deputy commissioners to set up separate cells to carry out relief and rescue operation expeditiously during flood.

Avik Chakraborty

Avik Chakraborty is Northeast Now Correspondent in Dibrugarh. He can be reached at: babs8oct@gmail.com