BADARPUR, June 16 - The overall flood situation in Karimganj district following non-stop torrential rain, has remained unchanged. Official sources informed that many more places in the district have been submerged by the flood waters of Langai, Singla and Kushiyara rivers.
According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority, the number of flood-hit people stands at 1.33 lakh in Karimganj district. Official reports informed that Hailakandi district has been the worst hit with nearly 2.06 lakh people affected, followed by Karimganj with almost 1.33 lakh people. Currently, 668 villages are under water and 1,912 hectares of crop areas damaged. Many areas of Patherkandi, North Karimganj, Ratabari have submerged.
The Karimganj DC Pradeep Kumar Talukdar, Patherkandi MLA Krishnendu Paul, North Karimganj MLA Kamalakhha Dey Purakayastha along with several other leading personalities visited the flood-hit areas and assured the flood victims of sufficient relief materials and food items.
Meanwhile, in view of the increasing in the water level of the the Barak river, various low-lying areas of Badarpur Railway Town, Rly Hill line Colony, Badarpur Radha Nagar Colony, Badarpur ghat, Jumbosti, Badarpur Mission Road and several low-lying areas of Badarpur Civil town, have been flooded with water entering many dwelling houses of Badarpur town. The Badarpur-Silchar National Highway is under water. Karimganj district administration sources informed this correspondent that BSF personnel have rescued 26 families from the worst-hit flood-affected no-man�s lands of the Indo-Bangla border of Karimganj. Karimganj district administration sources informed ANN Service that sufficient relief materials along with food are being distributed among the victims in the relief camps. Army and BSF have been asked to remain alert for rescue operations.
On the other hand, NF Railway sources said that due to fresh landslides between Bandarkhal and Damchara stations of the Lumding-Badarpur Hill section, rail movement continues to remain suspended in this BG section, until further orders.
�Work is on progress at the affected locations and as per preliminary estimates, complete restoration in the Lumding-Badarpur Hill section, is likely to take two-three days. Landslides have also occurred in between Bandarkhal and Damchara stations,� informed NFR Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) Pranab Jyoti Sharma. Latest information said that nearly 500 people have been evacuated to safer places during the last 24 hours by the SDRF, NDRF and Assam Rifles personnel from Karimganj, Cachar and Hailakandi districts.