HAFLONG, April 28 - Following incessant rain, devastating flood and heavy landslides have hit normal life in Dima Hasao district in general and Harangajao and Dittakchera areas in particular.
Though there has been no report of any casualty except one incident of a missing person near Miyunkro, several families were rendered homeless at Harangajao and Dittakchera during the week. At Harangajao, houses, school buildings, roads, culverts and bridges were damaged, leading to a total disruption of communication.
Since last fortnight, there has been no power supply in the area and no communication with other parts of the district. Floodwaters have entered several houses in the area. The people have somehow managed to save their lives, but their cattle and livestock have perished. Paddy fields have been inundated.
It is alleged that by taking advantage of the situation, some unscrupulous traders have raised the prices of essential commodities and created an artificial shortage of kerosene and other items of daily need. The flood-hit people are facing an acute shortage of foodgrains in Harangajao and Dittakchera areas.
Till Wednesday, no representative from the district administration and the NC Hills Autonomous Council had visited the place except the local member of the autonomous council, Amendu Hojai, and some of his party men, alleged the local people.
Hojai visited the entire Harangajao area to assess the damage caused by the recent flood. He also made some arrangements to restore road communication between Haflong and Harangajao with the help of JKM, a construction company engaged in the construction of the NH-54E.
At the initiative of Hojai, the communication between Haflong and Harangajao was restored for light vehicular traffic. More than 100 Silchar-bound vehicles are stranded at several locations due to disruption of road communication.
Talking to this correspondent, Lokendra Haphila, mouzadar of Harangajao, said that the entire Harangajao Mouza has been affected due to heavy rain, followed by landslides and flood, resulting in a lot of miseries for the people. He appealed to the district administration to provide relief to the affected people immediately and also expedite the restoration of road communication.
Hojai said that he would approach the district administration and NC Hills Autonomous Council for immediate relief to the affected people. He added that he would submit a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner on the damage caused by the flood.