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North Eastern States of India - Flood 2005 Situation Report 15 Jul 2005

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Nature of Hazard: FLOODS
ASSAM FLOODS

Incessant rains in the past few days have inundated large tracts of low-lying areas and affected thousands of people in

Karimganj, Tinsukia, Dhemaji and Kamrup. This is the first wave of flood in the current year and with less rainfall compared to previous years the situation remains to be under control.

There has not been much damage to the public properties, but the railway communication network has remained suspended due to over topping of water.

Status of the rivers: as per the flood bulletin of the Central Water Commission- Brahmaputa division, river Brahmaputra is flowing above the Danger Level (D/L) at the recording stations in Dibrugarh and Dhubri. River Khowang is currently flowing above the D/L in Dibrugarh but it has been maintaining a falling trend since afternoon. In Kamrup district, river Puthimari is flowing above the danger level and trend remains steady . Other major rivers in the state are maintaining a falling trend and there has not been much rainfall in the past 24 hours and it is expected that situation is likely to improve.


Rest of India

Arunachal Pradesh river Lohit ( encircling Tezu Dist HQ ) a tributary of Brahmaputra at Dhola Ghat and seasonal tributaries Durra nallah, tezu nallah, Sukha nallah (Tezu Dist HQ) connecting river Roing (at Lowe Dibang Valley) and Tinsukia (in Assam) has been rising , while river Nao- Dehing (at Mahadepur Circle) and Berrang, Kamalng, Tengapani river and Sibiri nallah (encircling Chongkham Circle) are over flowing affecting Tezu , Mahadevpur , Chongkham and Wakro circles of Lohit, Anjaw and Lower Dibang Valley Districts

Sikkim due to heavy rains reports of landslide and streams flowing at normal spate blocking of road links in west district.

Himachal Pradesh due to heavy rains and flash floods in Shimla, Kullu and Mandi districts damages have been reported which are being assessed .Water level in all major rivers is flowing below danger level.

In Bihar the level of water in Kosi and Bhutahi Balan rivers has been rising. Kamla Balan , river in Darbhanga district has crossed its danger mark.

Gujarat the Emergency relief phase is being carried out to provide financial assistance, Cash doles and household kits assistance and ex-gratuitous amount is being paid to victims. The survey on damaged huts and houses is being carried out. Up till now 97,080 damaged /partially damaged houses have been surveyed by 1384 survey teams in affected districts The state has released financial assistance of Rs.30,470,000 million.

Madhya Pradesh flooding of 9 nine districts due to overflowing of river Banganga and submerging a Canal at Bahmani PS Kurai (seoni) causing road blockade and submerging of low lying areas.

Maharashtra heavy rains has caused overflowing of Dawanda and Nandhaon rivers in Yavatmal district

Jammu& Kashmir continuous rains has lead to over flowing of rivers Tawi, Chenab, Jhelum , Sindh and seasonal tributaries above danger level causing flash floods in Kashmir and Jammu divisions.

DAMAGE DETAILS & CURRENT SITUATION:

No. of Districts affected
4
No. of villages affected
219
Loss of lives
12 (since 1-4-2005)
Total population affected
81,066
Total crop area affected
1,112ha
Total area affected
22,544ha
Relief Camps
3
Inmates in Relief Camps
79


Assam

KARIMGANJ : Intermittent rains in the adjacent state of Mizoram resulted in flash floods in Longai and Singla rivers. Three circles i.e. Nilambazar, Ramakrishna nagar and Patherkandi are under water and breaches have occurred on the river dyke of river Longai. As a result situation remains grim in 63 villages of Patherkandi circle. Damages to the PWD roads, culverts and one wooden bridge have also been reported.

TINSUKIA : In Sadiya subdivision due to spate in the river Kundil, 2419 hectares of area is under water and has affected the population in 11villages. 13 houses were also damaged due to erosion in the Kundil river. A relief camp was opened and gratuitous relief is also being distributed.

DHEMAJI: Following heavy rains in neighboring state- Arunachal Pradesh, there was flash flood in river Jiadhol and has affected a total of 79 villages and 21061 no of people. The waters has submerged the National Highway (NH- 52) at several places and breached at two places. Vehicular movement at Samarajan remains disrupted. There has been no report of human or cattle loss and damage to other public utilities.

Situation is under control with the receding of the water in the major rivers but the district administration is keeping a close vigil on the situation. They have also sanctioned gratuitous relief for distribution among the affected victims and as a preparedness measure the district control rooms are functioning round the clock. Restoration work is reported to be on a war footing at the breach points.

KAMRUP : owing to heavy rains in Bhutan, flash floods occurred in river Nona. The situation aggravated in 11 villages of Rangia subdivision due to a breach in the embankment of Nona

ADMINISTRATIVE MEASURES:

The government is monitoring the overall flood situation and coordinating with Army and authorities in the neighboring states.

The State Government has issued guidelines to all district administration, senior officers and other line departments for taking relief operations, Search & Rescue activities wherever and whenever necessary in a smoother way. Rapid action teams of the Health Deptt. have been asked to remain alert for preventive and curative measures.

The State & District Control Rooms are functioning round the clock. HF and VHF sets are being used in the control rooms for communication.

Special arrangements are being made for the procurement of food grains, medicines, cattle fodder, water purifying tablets, ORS, boats and vehicles.

Marooned people of the inundated areas were shifted to nearby school buildings. Relief materials, water purifying tablets and packets are also being distributed to the flood victims.

CHANNEL FOR DELIVERY & CONTACT DETAILS:

State Control Room, Assam:

91-361-2230982 / 2237010/ 2237011 / (Telephone) 2237010 (Fax)

Relief Commissioner’s( Addl chief Secy) Office, Assam:

91-361 2261667 (Telephone) 91- 361 2261789(residence)

Detail of Airport facilities available: There are six airports located at Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Tezpur, Jorhat, Silchar & Lilabari in the state.

SOURCE OF INFORMATION:

- NDMD MHA

- Revenue Deptt., Govt. of Assam

- District Project Officer, GoI-UNDP Disaster Risk Management Programme, Assam

- Central Water Commission, Guwahati, Assam

- Indian Meteorological Department

- Media

For Further Information

G Padmanabhan
Emergency Analyst, UNDP
E-mail: g.padmanabhan@undp.org,
Mobile: 91 - 98104 - 02937
http://www.undp.org.in/dmweb