Devastating floods in Assam, army pressed into service
The army was pressed into service in Nalbari district as the flood situation in Assam turned for the worse as the Brahmaputra and its tributaries caused widespread devastation.india Updated: Jul 12, 2003 10:49 IST
The army was pressed into service in Nalbari district as the flood situation in Assam turned for the worse as the Brahmaputra and its tributaries caused widespread devastation with nearly 19 lakh people reeling under its impact in 20 districts of the state and 16 people losing their lives in the current wave of floods.
Official sources said here that the devastation caused by the flood waters was unprecedented in recent years with nearly 3,000 villages inundated and more than 2,500 people rendered homeless.
The army was pressed into service in the Madarbari village of the worst affected Tamulpur revenue circle after the Pagladiya river changed its course and washed away houses of 100 families ton Friday.
The army rescued the hapless people and sheltered them in a nearby school.
The situation was serious in Barkhetri revenue circle as the Brahmaputra totally wiped out the 2 Kopilabari village.
The worst-affected Dhemaji district remains cut off from the rest of the state for nearly a month while vast areas are either submerged or breached.
The situation in neighbouring districts of Lakhimpur, Sonitpur, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia also remains critical with vast areas inundated and the Brahmaputra and its tributaries maintaining a rising trend.
First Published: Jul 12, 2003 10:49 IST