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Rain adds to Assam flood misery

Incessant rain over the last three days in Dhemaji and Lakhimpur districts has inundated 46 villages in the low-lying areas

By Vinod Kr Singh in Dhemaji
  • Published 25.09.18, 12:42 AM
  • Updated 25.09.18, 12:42 AM
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An inundated school in Dhemaji. Vinod Kr Singh

Incessant rain over the last three days in Dhemaji and Lakhimpur districts has inundated 46 villages in the low-lying areas in Dhemaji, with 3,176 people of 15 villages still reeling under floods since September 14 affecting 176 villages.

Among the flood-hit people, 448 have taken shelter in Rabha village in Mechaki gaon panchayat of Jonai subdivision in Dhemaji.

Floods on Monday in 31 villages affected 14,960 people in three circles of the district, a bulletin released by the District Disaster Management Authority said. It further stated that the rivers flowing through the district were in spate.

In Majuli district, floods in 15 villages affected 1,760 people and deluge in 30 villages of Lakhimpur district have affected nearly 6,740 people.

This time floodwaters have damaged 3,176 hectares of standing crops, affected 1,104 big animals, 1099 small animals and 1,333 poultry products in Dhemaji.

In the previous bout of floods, one person died in the Gogamukh revenue circle in Dhemaji.

Rainfall in the district in the last 24 hours was recorded as 68.98mm with inclement weather still prevailing.

Ranjit Kumbang, 45, of Mechaki village said: “We were preparing to go back to our village as our children are facing problems in the makeshift camps where we are spending sleepless nights. With floodwaters entering our village, it is not possible for us to return. It is a tough time for us.”

Earlier floodwaters wreaked havoc in four revenue circles affecting nearly 76,000 people in Dhemaji, 36,000 in Lakhimpur and nearly 13,000 in Majuli.

Dhemaji deputy commissioner R.A. Korati told this correspondent that the low-lying areas of the district were inundated.

“Our teams are present everywhere protecting flood-hit villagers. We are assessing the damages,” she said.

Traffic movement to Arunachal Pradesh has been cut off because of landslides in various places.

Relentless rain has again caused landslides followed by closure of roads.

“Rain for the last three days has caused trouble in clearing roads due to landslides,” a source said.

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