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Rising Brahmaputra Water Levels: Kamrup Metro Authorities Issue Urgent Advisory

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The Kamrup Metro District Administration, led by Commissioner and Chairman of District Disaster Management Authority Sumit Sattawan, has issued a crucial public advisory in response to the Brahmaputra River’s water level rising above the danger mark of 49.68 meters. This advisory, effective immediately, urges residents near Brahmaputra riverfront Brahmaputra riverbanks and adjacent areas to remain vigilant due to the heightened risk of breaches, embankment failures, and overflows from the Brahmaputra river.

To ensure the safety of life and property, several precautions have been advised. Residents are instructed to refrain from engaging in activities involving country boats and to avoid fishing in and around the Brahmaputra River until further notice. Driving or walking through flooded areas is strongly discouraged due to significant risks.

Key Safety Measures

Avoid contact with floodwaters. Floodwaters may contain sewage, chemicals, or other hazardous materials. Crossing flooded rivers or streams is strictly prohibited, and any other flowing bodies of water should also be avoided.

Protect vulnerable groups. Special attention should be given to children and elderly individuals, ensuring they remain in safe locations. Additionally, caution is advised regarding potential hazards like displaced animals.

Electrical safety. Residents are warned to avoid contact with submerged transformers, inverters, electrical posts, or wires to prevent electrocution.

Emergency assistance. In case of emergencies, residents capable of doing so should provide assistance to individuals who fall into water bodies and seek help from trained personnel, such as the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) or Village Defence Parties (VDPs), if untrained.

Staying Informed and Complying with Directives

Staying informed through local news sources and emergency alerts is crucial during this period. Residents are urged to comply promptly with directives issued by local authorities and emergency responders, including evacuation orders if issued for their safety.

The administration emphasizes that violating these measures may result in legal actions under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, and other applicable laws. For emergencies, residents are encouraged to contact the district helpline numbers 1077 or 93654-29314.

Rising Water Levels and Immediate Actions

Sumit Sattawan highlighted the urgency of the situation, stating, “The Brahmaputra River’s water level has surpassed the danger mark, posing severe risks to residents in the vicinity. We urge everyone to adhere to the safety measures and stay informed through reliable sources.”

The rising water levels have prompted a series of immediate actions by the authorities:

Deployment of rescue teams and veterinary units are on high alert, ready to assist any individuals or animals in distress.
Barricades and flood gauges: Deployed boats and barricades are strategically placed, and a flood gauge station supported by the Central Water Commission has been established for real-time monitoring of water levels.
Joint patrols: Commando groups and forest teams are conducting joint patrols to ensure the safety of residents and wildlife in the affected areas.
Community Cooperation and Legal Consequences

Residents are urged to prioritize safety and cooperate fully with authorities during this critical period of heightened flood risk in the region. The administration stresses that non-compliance with the advisory can lead to legal consequences under the Disaster Management Act, 2005.

“We are working tirelessly to manage the flood crisis and ensure the safety of all residents. Your cooperation and adherence to safety measures are essential in overcoming this challenge,” Sattawan added.

Importance of Preparedness and Vigilance

The advisory highlights the importance of preparedness and vigilance during such natural disasters. Residents are encouraged to have emergency kits ready, know the evacuation routes, and stay connected with family and friends to ensure everyone’s safety.

Conclusion

As the Brahmaputra River continues to rise, the Kamrup Metro District Administration’s proactive measures and the cooperation of residents will be crucial in mitigating the impact of the floods. By following the advisory and staying informed, the community can navigate this challenging period with resilience and solidarity.

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