Assam flood
Views of flood affected Bajali sub-division in Barpeta district. Image credit - Northeast Now

The situation of flood in Assam’s Barpeta district, caused by incessant rains, has worsened following reported release of excess waters from the hydro power dam on Kurishu river in Bhutan.

According to reports, rain and dam waters have inundated a huge area in the district.

The Pathsala sub-divisional civil hospital has been submerged by flood waters and the patients have been shifted to the Dharamshala.

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All the wards of Pathsala town have been affected by flood waters.

Most of the roads and residential areas have been submerged by unprecedented flood.

On Tuesday, river embankments in several parts like Maharani, Kenduguri and Kologuri have been washed away by river Pahumara creating havoc in the area.

The office premises of APDCL, PWD, Irrigation, Bajali HS School, Pathsala MV School, Pathsala College, Tapoban (a child care home) and a number of business establishments and other offices have been affected in the current wave of flood.

The classes of various educational institutions have been cancelled due to the devastating flood.

Heavy rains and dam waters have also affected Mathanguri and adjacent areas.

State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and Army personnel have been engaged in rescue operation in various places under Bajali sub-division in Barpeta district.

The SDRF and Army teams have been continuing rescue operations in Pubkolahguri, Santipur and Dolegaon areas.

The administration has been working in war footing manner to cope up with the disaster.

A high level meeting was also held on Wednesday in the Barpeta deputy commissioner’s office to discuss the present flood situation of the district and the preparedness to cope up with the situation.

Various villages situated alongside the 127 Pathsala-Bhutan connecting National Highway have been affected in the flood.

The fisheries have been totally affected by the flood.

Many residential areas in the locality have witnessed waist-deep waters.

People have been shifted to safer places.

Continuous rains for the last two days again deteriorated the flood situation, which started to improve, with washing away of embankments of river Kaldia in various parts of Akaya and Uluwa.

Flood waters are flowing above roads in many parts.

The villagers in Akaya, Uluwa and surrounding areas are passing days with fear.

Flood waters are also are posing threat to the road connecting the historic Bhogeswar Temple.

Waters are flowing over the Swahid Madan Rowata road in a number of places which has disrupted the surface communication.

Flood waters have partially submerged the Swahid Madan Rowta PWD Road at Golaghat chowk of Nityananda, Bichankuchi, Kurobaha in Akaya area which connects Patacharkuchi with Jalah Simla and Bhutan.

The Kurobaha-Saderi connecting road has also been submerged by flood waters.

Flood waters have also created havoc in Akaya Nanda Supa, Saransupa, Dakshin Hati, Milar Chowk, Bayan Supa and Medhi Supa.

The handloom centre situated at Nityananda has also been submerged by flood waters.

The locals have informed that the embankment of river Kaldia has been breached in five places due to which a large area has been affected.

Red alert has been sounded by the Barpeta district administration as massive flood has wrecked havoc in the district after reported release of waters from Kurishu dam of Bhutan.

Following the red alert, fear-psychosis prevails in various parts of Bajali sub-division of Barpeta District.

During the high-level meeting held in the deputy commissioner’s conference hall, the district administration decided to shift the people from the riverside of Pahumara and other rivers of the district to safer places.

Following report of more waters to be released in Bhutan side on Thursday at around 2.30 am, the people are passing sleepless night.

Sasanka Talukdar

Sasanka Talukdar is Northeast Now Correspondent in Pathsala. He can be reached at:

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