Guwahati: The flood situation in Assam continued to be critical with Brahmaputra river and its tributaries creating havoc in the state claiming 15 lives, besides rendering several thousands homeless and snapping communication links.
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi accompanied by senior officials made an aerial survey of Majuli, Asia s largest river island, whose condition is alarming with nearly the entire island under the flood waters, official sources said.
Gogoi directed the Jorhat district authorities to ensure adequate relief to the people with food scarcity looming large in the island as supply of essentials was hit by the rising water level.
The waist-deep flood waters engulfed 167 villages with a population of 1.5 lakh and was threatening fresh areas in the island, which houses several satras (Vaishnavite monasteries).
The authorities were forced to shift 34 prisoners from Goramur sub-divisional jail to Jorhat central jail following the inundation in Majuli, the sources said.
The situation in lower Assam s Rangiya sub-division too is critical following breaches in four embankments by Puthimari river.
With NH-31,the lifeline of the north east, still under flood water, road communication with the rest of the country is snapped for the fourth day today, the sources said.
Source : PTI