Dhubri flood
Ashok Kr Singhi, MLA Bilasipara East, visiting the flood affected area of Bilasipara town on Thursday. Image credit - Northeast Now

The entire Dhubri district including the district headquarter town remains under the grip of flood waters for the last seven days since Sunday.

Flood has so far claimed five lives in the district while nearly 29,840 flood affected people, including 5,743 children, have taken shelter in 105 different relief camps across the district.

Dhubri town, the headquarters of Dhubri district, remains cut off from the rest of Assam for 6 days as the road and rail service have totally been stopped as a precautionary measure.

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Flood waters are still flowing on the main road connecting Dhubri town to other parts of the state.

The flood affected people have taken shelter on both sides of the railway track lying between Dhubri and Gauripur while the commuters have faced a tough time.

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The Dhubri District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) sources revealed that about 10,85,560  people have so far been affected by flood.

The mighty Brahamputra and its tributaries are still flowing above the danger level.

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Ananta Lal Gyani, deputy commissioner of Dhubri, visited different relief camps on Friday and took stock of the situation and the distribution of relief materials among the flood affected people.

The district headquarter town of Dhubri has been reeling under total darkness for the last six days as most of the transformers installed at lower heights by the power department  in town areas are under the reach of flood water while mobile network has been paralysed since the last couple of days.

Dhubri flood
Members of Ram Krishna Mission, Gauripur distributing cooked meal among inmates of a flood relief camp. Image credit – Northeast Now
Members of Ram Krishna Mission, Gauripur distributing cooked meal among inmates of a flood relief camp. Image credit – Northeast Now

All government and private banks along with their ATM kiosks too within the town areas have remained closed since Tuesday due to absence of electricity and poor network connectivity while customers are running from pillar to post to get their money.

The district administration is trying to mitigate the problems by providing basic needs like rice and packaged water to the affected people.

The administration has also issued an advisory on the dos and don’ts to be followed by the public for their safety.

A total 52 medical units have been monitoring the flood affected people residing in different relief camps across the district.

Several hectares of crops land (20,000 hectares) have also been submerged in the recent wave of flood while nearly 9,000 people have been evacuated from the flood-affected areas by different agencies of the district administration.

A report from the district administration said that Assam Governor Prof Jagdish Mukhi is likely to visit the flood affected areas of Dhubri town on Saturday to take stock of the flood situation.

Mukesh Kr Singh

Mukesh Kr Singh is Northeast Now Correspondent in Dhubri. He can be reached at: mkdhubri@gmail.com

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