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 on 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 overtopped 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.