IDDP and Active Task force prevented flood Dhemaji (World Vision)
Due to incessant rains in the upper Assam and Arunachal foothill region, there was overflow of water from the distributaries of the mighty river ‘Brahmaputra’ causing ‘Brahmaputra’ to rise to 102.70 RL (Reduced level) on 25th July 2012 making it the highest rise of water level since 1998 & 2004 flood in Assam State. The Inland Water Transport Department suspended all ferry services across river Brahmaputra in Dhemaji, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia Districts from 24th July. Several villages of our target area and the surrounding villages were submerged and the situation became worse since 24th July 2012.
As the water level rises in the river embankment there were leakages in the embankment due to rat holes in the Arne Chapori area, causing threats to the whole community due to the water entering the community and breaching of the embankment. Immediately the trained community Task force mobilized by World Vision India, ADP Dhemaji from Chekaimukh and Chekaimajgaon undertook the rescue and mitigation operation in collaboration with the TMPK (Takam Mising Porin Kebang) which is All Mising Student Union body in the Target Community. As soon as the news communicated to all the nearby villages, The Community Task force from Ujoni, Akajan and Kulajan Cluster rushed to that vulnerable area and joined the initiative in community labor to stop breaching of the embankment due to leakages and soil erosion at the Arne Chapori embankment in order to protect the people from flood water. The community task forces worked for 2 days and 2 night non-stop in the rain and stop the water leakages breaching from the Arne Chapori embankment to save the people in the Area which later the Govt authority responded the initiative of the community and totally stopped the breaching with the help of earth mover and the total repair work is going on till date.
It is noteworthy to mention that ADP Dhemaji had formed CDPP task forces in all our target communities in 2011. The IDPP and CDPP was reviewed in the month of April and May before the onset of monsoon and series of capacity building program were organized on Preparedness, Communications, Search and Rescue, First Aid and Emergency relief response etc. We acknowledge the response of the task force and the community leaders who have made the best use of tools and investment efforts. As soon as the Communication Task force alerted the communities of the flood situation and the breaching of water in from embankment, the preparedness task force team made every effort to help the communities and belongings shifted safe place.
Though the mighty river ‘Brahmaputra’ was at its highest level (102.70 RL) recorded on 25th June and the area affected in total Assam was larger than the earlier. But in our community at Dhemaji only 18 Villages were affected and no death reported by flood compared to in about 100 villages in 2004. Had it not been because of the activated IDPP and active Task force response, all the 100 villages (1500 House hold and approx population of 10,000) in Sissi Borgaon Tribal Development Block and including 30 Villages of our target community in Dhemaji Area in the embankment would have been under water.
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