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Floods cut swathe across Assam; 7 dead, 2 lakh people badly hit

24 of Assam’s 33 districts were inundated due to the floods, and more than 700 villages are reeling under floodwaters.

Nature’s fury has taken a devastating shape in Assam as 7 people lost their lives and 2 lakhs people have been badly hit by flood as the incessant rains and landslides continue to worsen in the state.

24 of Assam’s 33 districts were inundated due to the floods, and more than 700 villages are reeling under floodwaters.

Meanwhile, the Dima Hasao has been the worst hit with the district being ravaged by mudslides due to heavy rains which caused massive landslides.

The heavy rains have forced large amount of rainwater to flow down the Barail Hill which has resulted in the steep rise in the water level of the Diyung river.

A probable food scarcity looms large across the entire district. Fuel depots too are facing an acute shortage of petrol and diesel.

Whereas, the New Haflong station has been filled with muddy waters. Strong waves of the floods have washed away parked train coaches too.

Moreover, massive landslides have blocked the 1-km long Maibong. The tunnel, which is the only way to reach Haflong, now remains completely inaccessible and it might require several hours or maybe even days to clear the pathway.

Meanwhile, the flood scenario has worsened in Assam’s Raha. Several villages have been inundated by the raging waters of the Borpani and Kopili rivers.

Hundreds of hectares of farmland have been submerged in the floodwaters causing heavy losses to farmers.

The absence of any proper embankment by the Borpani river is leading to heavy floods this year with heavy rains aggravating the scenario.

Locals are now appealing to the government to construct embankments on both sides of the Borpani river at the earliest so that they can get some relief from the yearly cycle of floods.

Meanwhile, more than 200 villages are reeling under the floodwaters in Assam’s Gohpur. Increased water levels of the Balijan-Brahmajan river have inundated neighboring villages.

On the other hand, at least 70 percent of Gohpur town has been waterlogged owing to the floods triggered by the Satrang river. The administration, meanwhile, has installed three camps for the people.

And floods are also causing havoc in Assam’s Dhekiajuli where several villages have been inundated by floods. Heavy rains over the last few days jas raised the water level of the local rivers causing largescale devastation in the area.

Hundreds of hectares of farmlands have also been inundated causing heavy loss to farmers. Worst of all, the Dhekiajuli town has been hit hard by floods causing great inconvenience to the residents. Several parts of the town remain submerged in floodwaters bringing daily life to a standstill.

First Published: 17th May, 2022 15:32 IST

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