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25,000 people hit by floods in Darrang district

By Correspondent

MANGALDAI, June 17 - Incessant rainfall since the last couple of days has led to rise in the water level of the Brahmaputra and all its tributaries in Darrang district as of today. Overtopping and breaching of the embankments in some parts of the district has resulted in inundation of fresh croplands each passing day.

In Pathorighat and Sipajhar revenue circle areas, the overflowing Nonoi and Dimila rivers have affected many villages. According to the report received from the District Disaster Management Authority on Saturday, in Pathorighat Revenue Circle 29 villages including Duni, Gobhora, Naodingapara, Jayantipur, Bogachola, Niranchuba, Bherua, Borbori have so far been affected in this year�s first wave of flood. Similarly, a total of 23 villages under Sipajhar Revenue Circle including Athiabari, Borachuba, Kabaichuba, Byaspara, Gopalpur, Hazarikapara, Debananda, Jhakuapara have been affected.

The rising water of Noa river breached around 20 metres of a newly-constructed dyke at Borkumarpara village, some three kilometres away from the NH 15 on Thursday causing damage to cropland of Borkumarpara, Monitari and Gederimari villages on the western side of the embankment under Mangaldai revenue circle . The Water Resource Department till the filing of this report has not taken any steps to repair the breached portion. Talking to this correspondent over phone, the Assistant Executive Engineer of the department expressed his inability in this regard due to rising water level and its current. According to official reports, a total of around 25,000 people, more than 400 hectares of cropland and around 18,000 livestock of 51 villages of the district have been hit by this wave of flood in the district.

Deputy Commissioner, Darrang, Ashok Kr Barman on Friday visited the worst-affected areas under Pathorighat revenue circle and took stock of the flood control and relief measures. The district administration has not yet set up any relief camp but on Saturday reportedly distributed around 150 quintals of rice, 28 quintals of lentils, eight quintals of salt and 300 quintals of cattle feed as relief materials for the flood-affected people of Pathorighat area.

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