Flood situation worsens, 3 dead, 1.66 lakh affected; 35,927 people shifted to 115 relief camps in four districts

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Guwahati/DIPHU, June 14: Three persons, including a child, have lost their lives in the first wave of flood, which took a grim turn on Thursday.

According to the report of the Assam Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), one person has lost his life under Bokaghat Revenue circle in Golaghat district. Two persons lost their lives in landslide in Mahur under Halflong Revenue circle in Dima Hasao.

A total of 1,66,836 people of 370 villages in seven districts viz. Hojai, Cachar Golaghat, Hailakandi, Karimganj, Karbi Anglong and East Karbi Anglong have been affected in the flood.

The Dhansiri at Numaligarh, Barak at AP Ghat (cachar) and Badarpurghat (Karimganj), Katakhal at Matizuri (Hailakandi), Kushiyara at Karimgani (Karimgani) are flowing above danger level, the report also said.

A total of 35,927 inmates took shelter at 115 relief camps have been operational in Karimganj, Hailakandi, Karbi Anglong and Golaghat district.

The flood situation has worsened in Karimganj and Hailakandi district after flood waters of Katakhal river had breached embankments in five different places and also washed away two bridges in the Barak valley districts.

A part of Kaziranga National Park has submerged by flood waters, but no reports of any animal casualty. The park authority and forest department are closely monitoring in the current wave of flood.

The incessant rain has caused the Difolu river to overflow, which has affected the normal life of the people in Bokakhat sub-division with the National Highway 37 at Lotabari has been inundated by rain water.

As per reports, around 700 metre of the national highway in Lotabari area is submerged which affected road communication with other parts of the State.

The floods also destroyed several hectares of crops in Siljuri, Kakjuri and Panbari area in Bokakhat.

The Bokakhat administration and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) have jointly launched a rescue operation in the flooded area.

Many areas are filled with sand and stones that the rain water brought from Karbi hills. Locals alleged that illegal excavation in the Karbi hills is the root cause of the devastation

Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) deputy chairman Ritesh Enghi along with EM for water resources, Amarsing Tisso and MAC of Phuloni, Dorsing Ronghang and executive engineer of water resources, Mizi Kro have visited the flood-affected areas of Nomati MAC constituency in Karbi Anglong district on Thursday.

The affected areas are Kampuria village, Modartuli, Ok-kereng, Jammunagaon, Mistribali and Panditghat. In these areas houses and cultivable lands were submerged by flood water.

The team also visited a relief camp at Panditghat High school and met affected villagers.

The flood also affected Dolamara areas of Duar-Bagori MAC constituency. Proper Dolamora, Dolamora Daily Market, No.2 Dolamora, Malasi, Dokhora were reeling under flood water.

The flood water submerged an NRC Seva Kendra office. Langhin MAC and EM Torendra Brahma also visited his constituency to take stock of the situation.

Kheroni correspondent informed that the water of Kopili River is gradually rising due to continuous rain.

In Howraghat MLA constituency, Karbi Anglong, Jamuna River have breached its embankment at five places. The places where the river has breached the embankment are Panditghat Pub Pagla Than, Panditghat Jamuna Pub Pagla Than and three other in between them. Recently constructed embankment near Jamuna Pagla Than Shiva Mandir has also been breached.

Social worker and youth leader of the area Khargeswar Das said, “The flood affected people of the area, about 135 families, are taking shelter at Panditghat LP School and Panditghat High School. Panditghat Vivekananda Academy Vidyalaya may collapse at any time as it’s tilted to one side due to the flood.”

Areas under Howraghat MLA constituency including Mistrybali, Panditghat Pagla Than, Gajalipar, Jjamuna Gaon, Jamuna Japong Than, Dighali Ati and Hatipara are all inundated which included the paddy crop fields.

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