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Flood-affected people return home from relief camps

102 villages and over 62,000 people were affected in the recent wave of floods in Dibrugarh
A medical camp for the flood-hit in Dibrugarh.

Avik Chakraborty   |   Dibrugarh   |   Published 20.07.19, 08:33 PM

The flood-affected people, who were staying in relief camps, have started returning home as the weather improved in Upper Assam’s Dibrugarh district.

Altogether 102 villages and more then 62,000 people were affected in the recent wave of floods in Dibrugarh. Lezai and Kalakhowa villages of Dibrugarh were inundated and people took shelter in relief camps.

Altogether 110 inmates, who were staying at Lezai Higher Secondary School, returned home after floodwaters started receding. On Saturday, this correspondent went to the school, but there was not a single inmate.

Headmistress Reena Das said, “All of them went back home yesterday after the flood situation started improving. Altogether 110 inmates, including four pregnant villagers, stayed here. Now all of them are back home after the floodwaters receded.

“Some of them stayed here for six days. Every year our school is used as a relief camp during floods. This year, however, floodwaters wreaked havoc in the area and people have lost everything.”

Six relief camps were set up by the Dibrugarh district administration at Baroghoria Janjati Anusuchita Jati ME School, 1 No. Garudhoria ME School, Lezai HS School, Phukanbam MV School, Patrogaon Jaya Mahila Samitee and Metekani LP School.

Devastating floods have left a trail of destruction in Dibrugarh district. The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) project officer in Dibrugarh, Dipjyoti Hatikakati, said 24 LP schools of the district were partially damaged and four LP schools were completely damaged.

Arati Munda, a resident of Sessa Nagaon village, said: “We returned on Friday after floodwaters receded from our houses. Our belongings were damaged and now we do not know what to do. Floods have taken everything from us.”

The medical teams were pressed into service. They asked everyone to drink safe water and medicines were given to purify water.

Floodwaters started to recede from the waterlogged streets of Dibrugarh town.

The Convey Road area was affected due to waterlogging which caused immense problem for the residents of that place.

Recently, Dibrugarh deputy commissioner Pallav Gopal Jha had a meeting with officials of all the departments concerned on the issue of waterlogging in Dibrugarh town.

Jha instructed officials to find out encroached areas and clear those for smooth flowing of water.


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