GUWAHATI- Following continuing rainfall, in Assam, Chirang and Bongaigaon districts were inundated after a substantial increase in the water level of the Brahmaputra river.
Excess water from Kurichu dam in Bhutan is being released since Friday morning and the district administrations in downstream areas of Assam have been put on alert for possible flooding, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.
“This morning, the Kurichu dam authority started releasing excess water. The excess water is being carefully redirected through the gates to control the flow,”Sarma wrote on Twitter.
The situation is being closely monitored, he said.
The Pahumara river is maintaining a steady water level, while the Kaldia is showing a rising trend.
Sarma had said on Friday that the Royal Government of Bhutan had informed the northeastern state of the release of excess water from the Kurichu hydropower plant.
Accordingly, district administrations in downstream areas had been alerted to remain vigilant and assist the people in all possible ways in case of any need, he said.
According to the bulletin issued by Assam State Disaster Management Authority, till Friday evening seven people have been lost their lives in floods in the state this year .
Over 41,000 people in ten districts remained affected to date, with more than 2,700 people taking shelter in 12 relief camps in five districts.
BTR chief executive member Pramod Boro on Thursday visited flood affected areas in Chirang district and took stock of the condition of the flood affected families even as flood situation continues to be grim in many parts of Chirang.
He said 10 Relief Camps and 2 Distribution Centers were setup in the district. Special provisions have been made for the affected pregnant women and children.
Meanwhile, the Brahmaputra River was flowing above the danger level mark at Tezpur in Sonitpur district and Neamatihat in Jorhat district. Additionally, the water level of Disang river was also deemed to have gone over the danger mark at Nanglamuraghat in Sivasagar district.
According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), a total of 2,696 people have been affected in Dhemaji district while another 2,866 people have been marooned in Biswanath sub-division in Sonitpur district.