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Jorabat submerged, communication hit


JORABAT, Aug 3 - A flash flood hit Jorabat this afternoon, totally submerging the National Highway-37 and disrupting communication.

Following a heavy downpour, the streets became slushy and storm water entered homes. Motorists struggled to cross the inundated areas on the national highway.

A family travelling in a Mahindra Bolero was stranded in the midst of waist-deep water when the vehicle got stuck in the floodwaters. There were two women among the passengers. A number of two-wheelers were also caught in the sudden deluge. A few ambulances struggled to navigate through the flooded road.

The worst affected places were 9th Mile, 10th Mile, Jorabat tri-junction and the area in front of the North East Cancer Hospital and Research Institute. The inundation of the busy NH-led to massive traffic snarls.

Flash floods have been a recurring problem in the Jorabat area, affecting business establishments and commuters. �Even the Deputy Commissioner had visited the area to take stock of the flash flood scenario, but no work has been done to put an end to our misery,� a local resident complained.

Jatindra Nath Deka, president of the Dimoria unit of the AASU, called for adequate attention to the problem of flash floods and demanded action against business establishments encroaching on government land.

A few months back, the Sonapur Circle Officer had conducted an eviction drive in and around Jorabat. A joint survey was also done, but there was no follow-up action. Deka reiterated that no master plan is needed to resolve the issue. Just a strong initiative to clear encroachment on the drainage system and scientific construction of drains will relieve the residents of the flood menace, he maintained.

Local residents have also stressed the need to increase the height of the culvert near the tri-junction here.

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