Though the water level in the Dhansiri River in Golaghat district of Assam is receding, it still remains at 1.5 meter above the danger level according to the District Project Officer of disaster management in Golaghat. The latest data provided by the district authority reveals that 97 villages still are underwater, leaving 75,061 people homeless.
63 relief camps are operating for medical purposes along with 40 distribution centre for supplies. Presently, 19,050 people are residing in the relief camps. Also, 44 medical teams has been deployed by the authorities and 3 NDRF and 4 SDRF teams have been kept in stand by for immediate operations.
‘Though the rainfall has stopped, weather forecast shows possible showers for the next 48 hours in the district and we have to be alert until next 48 hours,’ informed the project officer. On the water release status of NEEPCO, he stated, ‘We are constantly being updated by the NEEPCO authorities on the status. Only one gate is kept open now and the danger level is being monitored accordingly.’
Today in a press meet KMSS leader Akhil demanded compensation from NEEPCO as the water released from the hydro-power project has inundated half of Golaghat. MLA Mrinal Saikia also filed a case against NEEPCO and demanded immediate compensation for the villagers.
A total of six revenue circles in Golaghat are underwater – Sarupathar, Morongi, Khumati, Golaghat, Bokakahat, Merapani Sub Division, Border area (Sector B/Forest area). On the other hand, 12 villages in Sarupathar, 12 in Merapani, 21 in Morongi, 22 Khumtai, 12 in Golaghat and 26 in Bokakhat have been severely affected.
The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad (AJYCP), have criticized the NEEPCO for releasing water without informing the villagers.