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89,000 people affected in Jonai floods

By Correspondent

JONAI, Sept 25 � About 89,000 people of 269 villages under Jonai subdivision in Dhemaji district have been displaced in the recent flash floods which were triggered by heavy rains in northern Arunachal hills, according to the report of the subdivisional administration here.

Heavy rains triggered floods in 269 villages located in the southern part of Jonai subdivision which washed away eight wooden bridges and 12 drains besides a number of huts and buildings. The deluge destroyed crops and swept away cattle, said Jonai Subdivisional Officer Arpan Kumar Saikia.

�We have opened four relief camps at different places in the subdivision and are regularly monitoring the distribution of relief items with the active support of the revenue circle officials. The laat mandals concerned are actively engaged in assessing the actual damage in the affected areas and the reports are expected to be submitted within the next seven days, the SDO informed.

Reports from the disaster information cell here said about 88,824 people, 50,000 cattle and 2,613 hectares of cropland were affected by the flood this time around. The administration has opened four relief camps at different places and relief items are being distributed to the affected people.

Talking to this correspondent, the Jonai Subdivisional Veterinary Officer, Pulin Chandra Das informed that the recent floods caused extensive damage to houses and property in seven panchayats under the revenue circle and 161 domestic animals including cows, buffaloes, pigs, goats and fowl had perished. Several thousand hectares of sali cropland have been destroyed in the floods. Road links in 183 villages have been snapped.

The cattle are suffering from post-flood diseases. The subdivisional veterinary department has distributed about 116 quintals of fodder in the affected areas. The SDVO claimed that the department has issued medicines to the sub-centres for free distribution among the livestock farmers of the affected areas. �We have demanded the authorities to supply adequate fodder and veterinary medicines to meet the needs,� the SDVO said.

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