An aerial view of flood affected Jonai area.

Flood situation in easternmost Jonai subdivision in Assam’s Dhemaji district bordering Arunachal Pradesh turned critical on Saturday as surging water of Siang, Lali and Brahmaputra rivers submerged new areas.

Jonai Circle Officer Sumbar Chutia informed that over 80,000 populations of 228 villages under the circle have been affected in the flood and the figure might be increased till Sunday.

As per report, flood water has submerged several hundred dwelling houses and crop fields in the affected area besides breaching rural roads and washed out bridge abutments at Berachapori, Bijoypur, Gali, Borong, Ramdhon and Misamara areas thereby creating communication problems.

Around 130 people, who were taking shelter on the river dyke at Bera Bengali gain of Bahir-Jonai, were evacuated by NDRF and SDRF jawans as the dyke was gone under flood water this morning.

Over 500 affected families are taking shelter on four ‘raised platforms’ at Gali Mesaki, while 30 families are dwelling on such platforms at Lamajan.

The sub divisional administration has set up four relief camps at different locations and given accommodation to more than 100 affected families.

A 17-member team of NDRF along with 12 SDRF jawans equipped with five mechanized rubber boats has been deployed in rescue operations in Jonai.

The local administration has also requisitioned three machine boats for relief purposes.

Observing the alarming situation, the district administration has started communication with the army for help in rescue operation in flood hit sites of Jonai sub division.

The weather condition in the region is remaining unchanged. Siang and Brahmaputra rivers are still flowing above the danger level at Pasighat (Arunachal Pradesh) and Sissiborgaon in the downstream.

As per DDMA report, flood situation in Dhemaji and Sissiborgaon revenue circles under Dhemaji district is reported stable as around 52,000 populations of 124 villages are affected in the two circles.

The district so far recorded over 1.30 lakh population affected by the third wave of monsoon flood.

Prafulla Kaman

Prafulla Kaman is Northeast Now Correspondent in Dhemaji. He can be reached at: pkradio16@gmail.com