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Rains play havoc in Garo Hills



Flood disrupts road link to South Garo Hills, Baghmara town worst affected

From Our Correspondent

Tura, Aug 12: Incessant rains for the past two days have led to flooding in different parts of Garo Hills. The worst affected area being South Garo Hills, particularly Baghmara town, where over 100 families have moved from their houses to safer grounds.

“We have been distributing relief to the families affected by the flood. Half of the town, including schools and market area, is under floodwaters. The situation is very bad and all possible help is being extended to the affected families,” said South Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner (DC) Shella Marak.

Marak said a relief camp has been set up at Bolsalgre locality in Baghmara, but the affected people preferred to shift to their relative houses in safer areas. “Our team is compiling reports on the extent of damages from different parts of the district,” said Marak.

The venue for Independence Day celebration in the heart of the town has also been submerged. 

The DC informed this correspondent that road communication has been disrupted between Baghmara and Tura due to flooding at Dimapara area, about 45 km from Tura in West Garo Hills district.

The mighty Simsang river is flowing above danger level in many areas of South Garo Hills.

Baghmara town came under the grip of flood from early morning on Saturday. The other affected areas in South Garo Hills are Karukol, Dimapara and Gasuapara. Police and Border Security Force (BSF) personnel rescued several persons stranded in their houses.

“A police team with the assistance of BSF has rescued several people trapped in the flood waters in their houses,” said South Garo Hills Superintendent of Police (SP) Abraham Sangma.

No loss of life has been reported so far. “Landslides and flood waters have affected the movement of the vehicles,” the SP said. He added that the Baghmara police station has been damaged due to mudslides. There are also reports of flood in villages under Dalu block in West Garo Hills district and government officials have been rushed to the area to take stock of the situation.

 In South West Garo Hills road links were disrupted in places like Damalgre and Mukdangra due to landslides, uprooting of trees and floodwaters touching roads. 

“Paddy fields in different areas have come under floodwaters. We are keeping stock of the situation. All officials of the district are monitoring the situation,” said South West Garo Hills DC Cyril VD Diengdoh. 

In plain belt area of West Garo Hills, water level of the Ganol and Jinjiram rivers are rising. However, they yet to cause any havoc. Many paddy fields in low lying areas are also under water.