Monday, November 29, 1999

Flood fury hits Jorhat district in Assam

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Guwahati, Jun 17 (PTI) Jorhat has become the latest district in Assam to face the flood fury with nearly one lakh people being affected in the last two days, officials said today. Lakhimpur in Brahmaputra valley and Cachar and Karimganj in Barak valley have been already hit by floods. In Jorhat district, Bhogdoi River breached the dyke at Maloupathar area submerging over 35 villages with 1000 families and inundating more than 1000 hectares of farm land with standing crops and vegetables, the officials said. Several schools, five colleges, 20 temples of historical importance were also inundated forcing closure of educational institutions for the next three days. The affected people were taking shelter on the Bar Ali `bundh'' (dyke)-cum-road, they said. In Titabor subdivision, in Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi''s constituency, Choraipani River had caused breaches in two places between Dangdhora and Bhekuriagaon inundating around 45 villages housing nearly 10,000 people, 20 schools and agricultural fields. With the Brahmputra rising at Nematighat, its tributary, Choraipani river, was flowing above the danger level near Kakodanga overtopping the Dhudar Ali interstate road connecting Jorhat and Nagaland, they said. Another road, Nagabat to Nagaland was also under water affecting the collection of crude oil from the Sarupathar and Borhula gas gathering stations (GGS) of the ONGC to be transported by oil tankers to the refineries by road. World''s largest river island Majuli in Jorhat district was also affected by the rising Brahmaputra submerging its outer adjoining low-lying areas, they said.

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