25000 people affected as fresh floods hit South West Garo Hills

Tura, Jul 17: South West Garo Hills is the latest district to be affected by the rising waters with more than affecting over 25,000.

The freshfloods was declared on July 14.

SWGH has now seen as many as 40 villages with a population of 25142 people in the Mahendraganj region of Zikzak development block. Most of those affected have rushed to various relief camps to find food and shelter.

Deputy Commissioner, Ram Kumar S of SWGH confirmed that there are 15,000 people who have taken shelter. He also stated that Gratuitous Relief of 5 days along with tarpaulin sheets are being provided to the affected families.

Incessant rains for over about 10 days has caused floods in the Phulbari and Rajabala plains of West Garo Hills district, the flood waters in the Mahendraganj region began to dangerously rise early Tuesday morning following a torrential downpour.

The flood waters began inundating low lying areas and entering homes at around 4:30 early Tuesday morning. The plains in the Mahendraganj border area including Zikzak were quickly inundated forcing residents to flee to relief camps that were set up qucikly by the district administration.

26 relief camps have been opened at various schools in and around Mahendraganj area with fresh water and food items being provided to the inmates as part of the GR relief for five days.

While the rains have since stopped, State Disaster and Relief Force along with Fire and rescue teams are on standby.

Some of the flood affected areas are Nandichar, Chapahati, Lokaichar, Gopalbari, Malidaspara, Bashya Raipara, Daspara, Tosildarpara, Dhulipara, Mahendraganj bazaar, Patelipara, Beparipara, Kalaichar, Modakpara, Chandapara, Kukurmua, Silkona, Bagicha, Tungrurchar, Kamarpara and Ghugrakandi.

Early reports obtained by district teams state that 26 houses have been partially damaged by the flood waters in the Zikzak block region.

With the addition of SWGH, the total number of affected people by the current deluge rose to 1.55 lakhs in both districts.

However while Phulbari and Rajabala experienced a dry and sunny day for the second consecutive day, on Wednesday, there has still been no let up in the flood situation with water levels continuing to remain high in the plains belt region of the western district.

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