SIVASAGAR: The situation is also grim in Sivasagar district where more than 50 villages have been affected and as per reports, it is due to heavy rainfall in the catchment areas of Dikhow river along the Assam-Nagaland border that the situation continues to remain grim in the area. According to sources, the current flood has affected 17,591 people in 52 villages damaging around 77.13 hectares of crops. The district administration has opened five relief camps and 11 relief distribution centres for the marooned people. Flood waters inundated Hanhchora Higher Secondary School, Hanhchora Junior College, Sankardev Theatre Office, and several other institutions in Cherekapar, Dikhowmukh and Haripara area. The Dikhow river is now flowing above the danger mark which has also submerged the Sivasagar-Nazira road causing severe hardships for the people. The overflowing Dikhow river inundated several villages, including Moutgaon, Chantok, Kenduguri, Mothiachiga, Simaluguri, Sundarpukhuri, Raghubari, Dikhowmukh, Cholegaon, Sunpura Habigaon, Kujibali, Ward no 3 of Simaluguri, Parijat Nagar, Teteliguri, Singhaduwar, Panbessa and Owgurijan. Similarly, the flood waters of Namdung have submerged paddy fields in Harkinar, Hatipatty, Misinggaon, Ukhating, Dulakakhoria, Changmaigon, Dagaon and Bamgaon villages in Namti and Kaloogaon.
Meanwhile, Indian Army troopers rescued 41 families in flood-hit Sivasagar district till filing of this report. The Joysagar Army camp under the Dao Division was pressed into service in the flood-hit district and their joint effort with the civil administration helped rescue hundreds of marooned villagers. The incessant rains led to flooding of the Dikhow river, which resulted in caving in of an embankment. This resulted in hundreds of local inhabitants getting marooned and isolated. The army was requisitioned by the civil administration and the relief operation was immediately launched. A total of 41 families were rescued by the army and assistance provided in rescuing the remaining families. The rescued villagers were shifted to a secure location away from the flood waters subsequently. The team of the army will continue to carry out rescue operations and provide assistance in the form of medical, food and shelters to the local populace, army sources said.