TURA, July 25 - The longest spell of rains in the past one decade which hit the Garo Hills region in July has led to largescale inundation following back-flow from Brahmaputra and its tributary Jinjiram.
Over 35,000 people in 71 villages have been affected by the rising waters which is threatening the entire plain belt region of Garo Hills.
A tentative report stated that more than 35,000 people from 71 villages have been affected by the rising waters. Nine relief camps have been set up in various places in the plain belt.
Several areas, including Rajabala, Bhaitbari, Hallidayganj and parts of Phulbari saw waters rise through the day due to the incessant rainfall.
�While earlier there was no real danger, the increasing levels of the Brahmaputra due to the increase in water levels have put the low-lying areas under threat. We have sought a report from the BDO and will decide on gratuitous relief (GR) by tomorrow,� said DC of West Garo Hills, Pravin Bakshi.
Meanwhile, most suppliers are reluctant in supplying relief materials due to the huge outstanding bills pending with the State. Last year too, suppliers had been reticent in assisting due to the bills pending since September 2014, which is yet to be paid by the State Government.