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Flood destroys farm land in Golaghat, Jorhat

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JORHAT, May 13 � Flash flood has destroyed at least 40 acres of paddy and vegetable fields by siltation in more than ten villages in the Merapani area of Golaghat district along the Assam-Nagaland border, while the first wave of river Bhogdoi gobbled up the land area in several revenue villages in northwestern part of Jorhat district.

An official of the Golaghat district administration said that bordering areas like Changkhati and Selengpathar in the Sector B of Assam-Nagaland border have been identified as worst affected by the flash flood which was caused by heavy rainfall in the adjacent Naga hills in the past few days.

According to locals all the plants of vegetables likes brinjal, tomatoe and the advanced cultivation of rice � boro dhan � have been completely engulfed by the silts of the flood and they have lost their hope of starting another cultivation there in the coming summer.

�As per a primary observation 40 acres of cultivation have been affected. As there was no information of heavy rainfall since yesterday, the water level automatically went down in most of the agricultural fields,� said NA Ali, magistrate (border) of Golghat district.

He said the affected villages belong to the Doyang forest land area and it is very difficult to protect the agricultural fields from siltation in those areas as the flash flood takes place rapidly when there is a heavy rainfall on the hills in a few days gap during monsoon.

Besides, there is no deep river which can carry the large amount of silts with the heavy rainwater flashing down from the Naga hills in rainy season. However, locals said that the administration should take proper initiatives for preventing such a disaster in the area and consider it a serious problem.

In Jorhat, the cultivable fields of Bhaktagaon, Rowmari, Randhanijan and several revenue villages were inundated by the water flowing from Bhogdoi river as it breached a narrow dyke on the southern bank in Solmora area in the northwestern part of the district on Sunday.

Locals alleged that the administration is yet to pay heed to repair the damaged dyke though they have been demanding proper repairing works there for several months. The dyke on the southern part has also been damaged in some areas near the Bhogdoi bridge in Solmora.

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Flood destroys farm land in Golaghat, Jorhat

JORHAT, May 13 � Flash flood has destroyed at least 40 acres of paddy and vegetable fields by siltation in more than ten villages in the Merapani area of Golaghat district along the Assam-Nagaland border, while the first wave of river Bhogdoi gobbled up the land area in several revenue villages in northwestern part of Jorhat district.

An official of the Golaghat district administration said that bordering areas like Changkhati and Selengpathar in the Sector B of Assam-Nagaland border have been identified as worst affected by the flash flood which was caused by heavy rainfall in the adjacent Naga hills in the past few days.

According to locals all the plants of vegetables likes brinjal, tomatoe and the advanced cultivation of rice � boro dhan � have been completely engulfed by the silts of the flood and they have lost their hope of starting another cultivation there in the coming summer.

�As per a primary observation 40 acres of cultivation have been affected. As there was no information of heavy rainfall since yesterday, the water level automatically went down in most of the agricultural fields,� said NA Ali, magistrate (border) of Golghat district.

He said the affected villages belong to the Doyang forest land area and it is very difficult to protect the agricultural fields from siltation in those areas as the flash flood takes place rapidly when there is a heavy rainfall on the hills in a few days gap during monsoon.

Besides, there is no deep river which can carry the large amount of silts with the heavy rainwater flashing down from the Naga hills in rainy season. However, locals said that the administration should take proper initiatives for preventing such a disaster in the area and consider it a serious problem.

In Jorhat, the cultivable fields of Bhaktagaon, Rowmari, Randhanijan and several revenue villages were inundated by the water flowing from Bhogdoi river as it breached a narrow dyke on the southern bank in Solmora area in the northwestern part of the district on Sunday.

Locals alleged that the administration is yet to pay heed to repair the damaged dyke though they have been demanding proper repairing works there for several months. The dyke on the southern part has also been damaged in some areas near the Bhogdoi bridge in Solmora.

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