Silchar, June 16: Flood waters caused due to incessant rain for a few days have badly affected the agricultural sector of the district of Cachar.
According to the reports from the District Agricultural Officer of the Department of Agriculture, Cachar, and SDAO (Horticulture) and Nodal Officer (Agriculture), a total area of 493 hectares of crop land in this district has been badly damaged. In addition to this, a total number of 3444 families have been affected by the flood waters. 189 hectares, 60 hectares, 72 hectares, 33 hectares and 139 hectares of Sonai, Silchar, Lakhipur, Katigorah and Udharband revenue circles respectively have been submerged under the flood waters.
Likewise, 990, 667, 950, 237 and 600 families of Sonai, Silchar, Lakhipur, Katigorah and Udharband revenue circles respectively have been affected by the flood. A total number of 54 GPs of the district which include 16 GPs in Sonai, 10 in Silchar, 14 in Lakhipur, 4 in Katigorah and 10 in Udharband has been completely affected. Total 162 villages which comprise 40 in Sonai, 30 in Silchar, 33 in Lakhipur, 13 in Katigorah and 46 in Udharband hav been affected. 130 hectares of Ahu paddy, 25 hectares of Sali seed bed, 305 hectares of vegetables and 33 hectares of other minor crops have been totally submerged.
Though flood waters have inundated most of the low lying areas, major crops have not been started to grow. However, crops like Ahu paddy, Sali seed beds and Kharif vegetables have been submerged. The nature of damage can only be assessed after the flood water recedes.