Rain creates havoc in msai, youth drowns at Jengthu
FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
Itagar, April 21: Incessant downpour in the past few days has triggered flood-like situation in msai district with the Noa Dehing River in high spate inundating human habitations and agriculture fields, while a youth reportedly drown in Jengthu River.
According to an official report, the Noa Dehing River which is flowing above the danger mark inundated human habitation and agricultural fields besides damaging many flood protection embankments.
A team of officers headed by Lekang EAC and DDMO visited the flood affected areas of Lekang circle yesterday and found that 38 households were severely affected in New Silatoo.
While 4 households have been shifted to safe shelters in New Silatoo and Philobari, approximately 25 hectors of land has been eroded in New Silatoo. Heavy soil erosion has also been causing continuous threat due to the rainfall in the district. Meanwhile, in a tragic incident, one Dipak Deori (15) drowned in the Jengthu River on April 17 last. According to the report, Dipak had gone to the river to take bath with five friends of his friends and while bathing he drowned in the river whereas the other friends returned to river bank.
On receipt of information the locals along with msai police launched a rescue operation but could not find him. Country boats and local fishermen were also pushed for the operation which went in vain.
Finding no altertive the district administration brought the matter to the notice of disaster magement and accordingly a rescue team from 12th Battalion NDRF was requisitioned.
Though the NDRF team reached msai on April 18 last and launched the search operation but due to heavy rain and muddy water the operation had to be continued Wednesday when the body of Dipak was filly recovered, the report added.