Floods Cause 200 Crore Loss to Assam Annually; Situation in Flood-Hit Districts Remain Grim
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NEW DELHI: A recent Economic Survey reveals that Assam loses about Rs 200 crore every year on an average owing to the devastating floods. Moreover, the survey further adds that nearly 40 per cent of the state’s total land has been declared as flood-prone by the government.
The Economic Survey, Assam for 2013-14 which was tabled during the ongoing budget session in the State Assembly divulged statistics to prove that the average loss to Assam annually due to floods tunes upto Rs 200 crore,adding that the national average of flood-prone area in the state was about a quarter of the total land area of the state.
Recent floods in Assam have affected lives in several districts of the state with the situation still remaining grim in many of these. The flood bulletin issued by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority in Guwahati had glaring numbers reflecting that the flood situation had continued to remain grim in districts of Assam. The bulletin said that over 3.43 lakh people have been affected in 14 districts with 34,695 people,altogether, taking shelter in 27 relief camps in six districts.
The affected districts are Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Jorhat, Tinsukia, Sivasagar, Sonitpur, Nagaon, Morigaon, Karbi Anglong, Nalbari, Barpeta, Chirang, Udalguri and Kokrajhar.
While the Brahmaputra continued to flow above the danger mark in Jorhat district today, another district of Assam, Nagaon has been so severely affected that the army was called yesterday to rescue the people marooned there. The District Administration had sought Army’s help in order to rescue the 145 marooned people at the Kalapani village. The Army had succeeded in evacuating the 145 civilians to a relief camp,meanwhile providing them first-aid and relief material.
The situation in Dhemaji, Lakhimpur and Sonitpur is worse and much more grave.
With two people having died in the past four days in Lakhimpur, the floods in the district have affected more than 99,000 people in seven circles, damaging standing crops in huge areas and inundating more than a total of 100 villages.
On the other hand, more than 70 villages remain submerged in floodwaters of Brahmaputra in the Dhemaji district. The district administration opened four relief camps in the district and also,diarrhea cases were reported from the Dhemaji district.
The Sonitpur district shares similar plight with floodwaters having affected Tezpur and Gohpur subdivisions in the district. Further, villages in three panchayats under Gohpur — Bordoloni, Botamuli and Paken — have also been badly hit by the deluge.
The flood-hit areas have also been witnessing visits from the various political parties and MPs.
While Bhupen Kumar Borah, AICC Secretary and MLA from Bihpuria in Lakhimpur visited the affected region in his district today, Dhemaji district had Lakhimpur MP Sarbananda Sonowal, who is also the Union minister of state for sports and youth welfare, visiting the flood-affected areas.
The deluge has not even spared the Kaziranga National Park(KNP). The floodwaters from the Brahmaputra have entered Assam’s KNP, inundating almost 80 percent of its 858 sq km area.
M.K Yadav, the Park Director said “As of now, almost all the low-lying areas of the park are under water”.
However, he added “The water levels are stable as of now and it is expected to recede after three to four days”.
Further, stating that the animals, particularly one-horned rhinos stray outside the park during the floods, he said “We have intensified patrolling and put everyone on high alert. Deployment of forest guards have also increased inside the park.”