About 94 villages in Dhemaji district, 15 in Lakhimpur district and 10 low-lying villages in Upper Assam’s Majuli are reeling under flood waters although the tributaries of the Brahmaputra are now receding.
A report published in the The Telegraph stated that the current wave of floods have left 221 villages in four revenue circles of Dhemaji district flooded. Seventy-six villages under three revenue circles of Lakhimpur and 30 villages in Majuli have been submerged.
The report further quoted the Dhemaji Deputy Commissioner RA Korati as saying that all flood victims are taking shelter under makeshift tarpaulin tents, which the administration has supplied. “We are putting our best efforts to shift people on highland areas of the district. Essential commodities are being supplied at regular intervals,” she said.
All the three districts have been flooded owing to unprecedented rain in the upstream areas and hilly terrain of Arunachal Pradesh. However, Lakhimpur district was affected after water was released by the North Eastern Electric Power Corporation Limited (NEEPCO) from the Yajuli Dam under Lower Subansiri district in Arunachal Pradesh.
According to the latest bulletin, a total of 29,545 people in Dhemaji district, 3,000 in Lakhimpur and 1,500 in Majuli have been affected. The district administration in all the three districts is taking care of the affected people. On the other hand, various remote areas in the eastern districts of Arunachal Pradesh are still cut-off as clearing of landslide debris are in progress.