Tura, Aug 12: Incessant rains in the past two days have led to flooding in different parts of Garo Hills. The worst affected area being South Garo Hills particularly Baghmara town, where over 100 families have moved from their houses to safer grounds.
“We have been distributing relief materials to the families affected by the flood. Half of the town including schools and market area is under floodwater. The situation is very bad and all possible help is being extended to the affected families”, said Shella Marak, Deputy Commissioner of South Garo Hills.
Marak informed that a relief camp has been set up at Bolsalgre locality in Baghmara but the affected people preferred to shift to their relative houses in safer areas. “Our team is compiling reports on the extent of damages from different parts of the district”, said Marak.
The venue for Independence Day celebration in the heart of the town has submerged under water. Marak informed that the road communication has been disrupted between Baghmara and Tura due to flooding at Dimapara area, about 45 km from Tura in West Garo Hills.
The mighty Simsang river is flowing above danger level in different parts of South Garo Hills.
Baghmara town came under the grip of flood from early morning. The other affected areas in South Garo Hills are – Karukol, Dimapara and Gasuapara. Police and BSF personnel rescued several persons stranded in their houses this morning.
“A police team with the assistance of BSF has rescued several people trapped in flood waters in their houses”, said Abraham Sangma, SP of South Garo Hills.
No loss of life has been reported so far.
“Landslides and flood waters have affected the movement of the vehicles,” the official said. He said the Baghmara police station has been damaged due to mudslides.
There were also reports of flood in villages under Dalu Block in West Garo Hills district. The government officials have been rushed to Dalu to take stock of the situation.
In South West Garo Hills road links were disrupted due to landslides and trees uprooted and floodwater touching roads in places like Damalgre and Mukdangra. “Paddy field in different areas has come under flood water. We are keep stock of the situation. All officials of the district are monitoring the situation”, said Cyril VD Diengdoh, Deputy Commissioner of South West Garo Hills.
In plain belt area of West Garo Hills, water level has risen along the Ganol and Jinjiram rivers. However, it is yet to cause any havoc. Many paddy fields in low lying areas are under water.