Residents stay put on a charpoy to guard their belongings in Dadai, Sahebganj. Telegraph picture
Dumka, Aug. 22: Sahebganj district administration is finding it difficult to convince over 700 flood-affected people of two blocks on the banks of the Ganga to shift to relief camps, even though a number of relief measures have been undertaken.
Around 700 families, residing on the riverbank in Udhwa and Rajmahal blocks, have been worst hit by incessant showers that lashed the state over the last week.
But so far, only a small number of people have moved to camps set up by the district administration at Maharjpur as most feared they would lose their belongings if they shifted out of their homes.
“We have arranged a free boat service in flood affected areas for residents to come to the relief camps where all necessary arrangements for a comfortable stay have been made,” Rajmahal SDO (civil) Gopal Tiwari told The Telegraph.
But he rued that only a few had shifted to the camps.
The floods have effected fairly large areas of the two blocks.
On Tuesday, around 100 houses near the river were submerged in Udhwa, prompting the district administration to alert residents.
In Udhwa, Narainpur, Paslasgachhi and Piyarpur villages have been virtually cut off due to heavy flooding.
Over 400 families had been uprooted in Dadai where rising water levels partially drowned most of their huts. Around 36 houses in Mallahitola, Dhobitola and Maharani Ghat in Rajmahal were also on the verge of being submerged.
Tiwari said they were using boats to reach relief items, including food, medicines and fuel in the form of kerosene, to the people of Dadai.
This was the first time that relief materials were being supplied to the affected areas. In previous years, those displaced by floods had access to relief only at makeshift rescue camps.
Apart from Dadai, over 80 families of eastern Narainpur and another 80 families of Mina Bazar, both in Rajmahal, had been supplied with relief materials.