SILCHAR, July 25 - Heavy rain since the last few days has led to flash floods in many parts of Cachar district. The rising waters of the Barak river overflowed the embankment at Raipur, inundating Bhairabpur, Krishnapur GP, Kumarpara and other interior areas.
It is alleged that despite the allocation of funds to repair the embankment, nothing has been done. Altaf Hussain Laskar, executive engineer of the Water Resources Department, said that a sum of Rs 1.9 crore was sanctioned under the CRF in 2010-11 to mend the embankment and prevent river erosion, but the work was stalled due to some reasons. He said that despite the sanction of funds in the present financial year under the MGNREGA, repair works on the embankment are yet to begin. Laskar agreed that the department is facing a severe staff crunch.
Sonabarighat in the southern part of Silchar has been adversely affected due to the deluge, which has submerged Uttar Krishnapur, Chandpur, Hatikhal, Jhulanpur and large tracts of agricultural land in eastern Sonai. Angry at the alleged inaction of local MLA Dr Rumi Nath with regard to the demands of the flood victims, the residents of Borkhola burnt the effigy of the legislator.