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Rivers still in high spate, landslides continue

GUWAHATI/HAILAKANDI/BOKAJAN, June 16: The flood situation continued to be critical with three persons dead and several rivers flowing over the danger level on the fourth day of the first wave of floods in the State today.
One person died in Hojai while two others lost their lives in Cachar even as 4,25,373 people across 716 villages in the seven districts of Hojai, Cachar, Golaghat, Hailakandi, Karimganj, Karbi Anglong (East) and West Karbi Anglong affected in the floods.

The NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) and SDRF (State Disaster Response Force) teams rescued 340 persons in Karimganj district, Hailakandi, and Cachar. Altogether 1,00,010 inmates are presently residing in 191 camps in Karimganj, Hailakandi, Karbi Anglong (west), Hojai, Cachar and Golaghat. Altogether 22 relief distribution centres have been operational in Karbi Anglong (west), Hojai, Cachar and Golaghat.

Rainfall triggered landslides occurred at Mahur, Harangajao, Maibang, Dima Hasao in which one person lost his life and 114 houses were fully damaged. Landslide incidents have also been reported in Kamakhya Nursery and 2 No. Kahilipara in Kamrup Metro.

The State’s southern district of Hailakandi is the worst hit in this year’s first wave of flood with over two lakh population affected. Of the 331 villages, 231 are reeling under flood waters with the major rivers Katakhal, Dholeswari and Barak flowing above the danger level.

Meanwhile our Bokajan correspondent adds that 25 villages under Bokajan Assembly Constituency (included under the Deopani MAC Constituency of KAAC) remained disconnected from the other parts of the district after the overflowing Deopani River washed away the main connecting culvert in East Karbi Anglong. n More on page 7