The water level of Brahmaputra river flowing over danger level marks in Nematighat in Jorhat, Dibrugarh, Tezpur in Sonitpur, Dhubri following incessant rains in the stateand neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Bhutan.
Guwahati: The fresh wave of flood in Assam has so far claimed five persons and rendered about 11 lakhs homeless in 1,752 villages from 19 districts of the state.
Following the devasting flood, around 64,000 people are homeless and forced them to take shelter in the relief camps set up by the districts administration.
The worst hit district is western Assam's Dhubri where 1.92 lakh people have had to abandon their houses to live temporarily on higher grounds. Around 1 lakh hectares of cropland has also been submerged.
The worst affected district in upper Assam are Lakhimpur, Tinsukia and Dhemaji and in lower Assam, it is Chirang, Bongaigaon and Kokrajhar. Personnel of the State Disaster Response Force, National Disaster Response Force and others were engaged in rescue and relief operations.
The first wave of floods that ended mid-July had killed 84, some due to landslides and electrocution in flooded areas.
Almost 14,000 flood displaced people are taking shelter in 39 relief centres, the ASDMA report added. "The water level of Burhidehing, Subansiri, Dhansiri, Jia Bharali, Puthimari, Beki, Gaurang, Sankosh also crossed danger level marks in many places", a top official of ASDMA said.
While seven of the 12 affected areas were already repaired and the lines certified for train running at controlled speed, in four sections train running are suspended till the situation improves. "Embankments at many places are facing damage due to boiling, seepage and peculation", sources said.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who was in Delhi on Friday, directed Chief Secretary V K Pipersenia to hold a video conference and talk to deputy commissioners of the affected districts to assess the intensity of the situation and undertake relief and rescue operations.
Roads and bridges were also damaged by the swirling floods in a number of districts.
Active Monsoon conditions are expected over Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, and remaining parts of Bihar that would see light to moderate rains with few heavy spells. Parts of Garo hills are also cut off from the rest of the state.