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Assam: Flood situation remains grim in Hailakandi, One person killed due to drowning

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The flood situation in the district remains grim with all the major rivers flowing above the danger level inundating new areas.


Hailakandi

Floods claimed the first victim in southern Assam’s Hailakandi district with the recovery of the body of the victim Sunday.

The victim identified as Jagadish Bhumish, aged 53, drowned at Sonacherra village under Katlicherra revenue circle while he was on his way to buy ration in the late evening Saturday.

State Disaster Response Force, Fire & Emergency Services personnel and deep divers from Silchar  recovered the body in the afternoon after intensive search operation since yesterday. “With the joints efforts of F&ESS, SDRF personnel and deep divers we could fish out the body at around 1.10 pm today. The search operation was also carried out after the drowning incident took place at around 8 pm yesterday, ” said In-charge, F&ESS, Sanjay Singha.

The flood situation in the district remains grim with all the major rivers flowing above the danger level inundating new areas.

SDRF personnel have rescued scores of marooned people and moved them to safer places.

The administration has requisitioned private country boats and from the Inland Water Transport for rescue and relief operations in areas like Airya, Purbagul, Barhailakandi, Ratanpur, Sonacherra, Matijuri-Paikan, Bondukmara and Rupacherra.

The Silchar-Hailakandi Road (SH 39) has been submerged at different stretches by flood waters leading to closure of all modes of vehicular traffic. Roads have been over topped by flood waters at Matijuri and Samairkona Tiniali Point towards Beliapur.

Two major breaches have occurred at Mohanpur embankment Saturday leading to inundation of Mohonpur-Berniebrease and other areas.

486 hectares of cropped land have been affected under four revenue circles of Hailakandi, Algapur, Lala and Katlicherra affecting 12,883 farm families. Altogether 102 villages are reeling under flood waters.

The district administration has put up red flags along the edges of the submerged roads to prevent mishaps.

Chemical packets and gratuity relief materials have been distributed to the flood affected people.

Deputy Commissioner, Keerthi Jalli has been closely monitoring the flood situation and ensuring that the line departments reach out to the affected people at the quickest possible time. The control room has been activated with officials manning it round the clock.

Assam is on maximum alert due to heavy rains over the next four days, government officials said.

Central Water Commission, Flood Forecast Monitoring Directorate report says Katakhal river at Matijuri in Hailakandi district of Assam continues to flow in ‘severe situation’ flowing at a level of 22.07 metre which is 1.80 metre above its danger level of 20.27 metre with rising trend and 0.66 metre below its previous highest flood level (HFL) of 22.73 metre (2007-09-10).

This is a major concern for the administration as the Katakhal river that meanders through a major part of the district wreaks havoc every year.

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