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Overnight rainfall leaves Dibrugarh waterlogged

- Residents allege municipal board has not cleared clogged drains

Dibrugarh, Aug. 6: Incessant rainfall since last night has flooded many areas in Dibrugarh.

The worst-hit areas are KP Road, Santipara, New Khalihamari, Thana-charali, Milan Nagar, Jibon Phukon Nagar and Police Reserve.

Ramen Deka, a resident of Khalihamari, alleged the Dibrugarh Municipal Board had not cleaned the drains properly before the monsoon and, hence, the passage of water was blocked resulting in waterlogging.

“Owing to the constant rainfall since last night our house has been inundated and we are not able to go out to do our daily work,” said a resident of New Khalihamari.

The main drains of Dibrugarh are full of garbage but the authorities have not done anything to clear the waste.

“There is no scientific and proper drainage in the town and till now the department concerned has not taken any steps to solve the decade-old problem of waterlogging,” another resident said.

Ahmedullah Khan, a prominent social worker of Dibrugarh, said owing to continuous rainfall since last night, the town is submerged but the municipal board is not at all concerned about the matter.

“We had given a written complaint on the lack of drainage facilities in Dibrugarh to the district administration about two months back but they have not taken any steps to solve the problem,” alleged Aradhana Kotoky, president of Policy Group for People’s Rights, a civil society organisation. She said all the drains are clogged with garbage but the municipal board has not taken any steps.

Chandra Kanta Baruah, chairman of the board, said steps are being taken to clean the drains and the problem should be resolved quickly.