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One dies, one missing Barak Valley flood situation remains unchanged

SILCHAR, June 28: With Barakand its tributaries still being in high spate due to heavy rains in the catchment areas,hills and plains, the flood situation in the three districts of Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi remains unchanged. For the last 48 hours, there has beenrespite from downpours with the interplay of sun and clouds, the prospect of improvement in the flood situation has increased. But, the spilled over and gushing waters of rivers have been inundating more and more areas. According to the latest information, parts of sub-divisional town of Lakhipur and several villagesaround that include Joypur, Kamranga, Nagakunda, Dighli, Bahadurpur, Dighlang, Rakhaltila, Lalangpar, Gobindanagar, Ghatagram, Lalpani, Jirighat,Kayabagh, Mirpur, Lakhicherra, Lakhinagar, Labankhal and some other areas have been flooded.
More than 30, 000 inhabitants of these areas have been badly affected and have to shift to safer places for shelter. Some of the flood-victims have been accommodated in 20 relief camps and are being provided with relief materials. Flood situation in the worst affected Katigorah constituency of Cachar, bordering Bangladesh, shows some signs of improvement with the receding level of Surma, Baleswar and Gumra. A report from the border area says BSF camp at Pirnagar has been inundated by Surma, forcing the jawans to shift to IBB road. Several villages in the area in fact have been hit by flash flood. The natural calamity in the sub-division has claimed one life while another is missing. According to the civil SDO, Biresh Chandra Nath, one person identified as Ajit Sarkar (44) of Kajalbasti of Jirighat was drowned in a stream while trying to collect firewood. His fellow companion, Surendra Bakti (40), a tea garden worker of Jirighat, is still missing, believed to have been swept away by the high flood waters. 6 country boats have been pressed into service for reliefand rescue works.
Information from the interior areas of Kalain Tea Estate on the foothills of Borail says that due to the collapse of more than a century old suspension bridge over hilly river Sindura, around 3,000 inhabitants, both tribals andnon tribals, of Khasiapunji, Jayantiapunji and Sindura division have been virtually cut-off and isolated with no other access to connect them with the revenue circleof Katigorah.
The district administration of Cachar has to provide shelter to the flood affected people of low lying areas in the educational institutions of the town. There is no change in the flood situation of Udharbond. Silchar-Kalain NEC road and NH-37 between Silchar-Lakhipur have been flooded. Passenger vehicles have to move at their own risk, charging high fares from thecommuters.
A report from Karimganj says the rain-fed Kushiara, Shingla and Longai rivers of the district have been rising steadily, taking in their grip the low-lying areas. Many parts of the border town have been under water. The administration has opened three relief camps in which 1710 flood affected people have been accommodated and are being supplied with necessary succor . The district administration has kept ready a 30 member disaster management team to meet any eventuality. In the district of Hailakandi, the swollen Katakhal river has inundated several villages in Mohanpur areas. If the rains take a break as of now, the flood-situation is likely to improve further. (Sentinelassam)

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