HATSINGIMARI, Aug 20 � Due to incessant rains in Meghalaya for the last few days, devastating flood occurred in the entire Kalapani ZPC areas known as Purbanchal of South Salmara-Mankachar subdivision which caused heavy damage to the local people. The flood started suddenly on August 16 in the morning and 5 to 10 feet high waves of floods rolled towards Kalapani areas from the Meghalaya hills of Garobadha areas and smashed houses, trees, banks of fisheries, crops fields, bridges and roads.
The waves of flood washed away most part of APS Road from Tangaon (Pahartoli) to Jangal Chariali along with approaches of most of the bridges on it. A number of houses along with property including rice, jute, domestic animals, etc., of Kumergati and Sadullabari areas were washed away within minutes.
The flood caused maximum damage in the field of fishery. Due to the sudden flood, many fisheries full of big fishes were washed away by as their protection banks broke. It is assumed that only in the field of fisheries the damage has been valued at approximately Rs 10 crore. Moreover, most of the agricultural fields with standing sali rice, jute, vegetables etc., in the areas have been damaged by floods.
On getting information, the SDO (C), Hatsingimari, S Biswanathan visited the flood- affected areas and deputed four speed boats and 15 trained volunteers of NDRF under the Natural Disaster Management, Dhubri district for the rescue works along with the panchayat level volunteers. The local administration ordered to provide relief to flood victims immediately.