Floods disrupt life in Tripura, Assam and Arunachal

Agartala/Guwahati/Itanaga
20 Jun 2017

Heavy monsoon rain disrupted life in Tripura as over 2,000 families were displaced after their houses were inundated by the flood water, official said here today.
The displaced families belonging to sub-divisions -- Sadar, Jirania and Mohanpur in West Tripura district and Khowai and Teliamura in Khowai district, were put up in 50 relief camps, the official said. "Heavy monsoon rain since Sunday night flooded the low-lying areas, roads, inhabited areas in five sub-divisions of two districts of Tripura," the Disaster Management Control Centre official added.  He said that the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Tripura State Rifles teams and officials of the district administrations have been deployed to provide relief and rescue to the affected people.
Several rivers including Howra and Khowai were flowing above the danger mark. Chief minister Manik Sarkar held a high level meeting here on Monday night to review the situation. Sarkar has asked the district administrations to open the control rooms in the affected districts round-the-clock to monitor and to take immediate steps to assist the people, the official added. Meteorological Department director Dilip Saha said more rain was expected till Thursday. "In June, 695 mm rainfall was recorded in Agartala against the expected normal monsoon rainfall of 421 mm," Saha said. The four-month-long (June-September) Southwest Monsoon was now active in the entire North-Eastern (N-E) region, comprising eight states.
Heavy showers have inundated large swathes of Assam too, affecting 60,000 people in six districts following which chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal has reviewed the preparedness of district administrations in handling the situation. Sonowal today directed the deputy commissioners to reach out to those affected and provide them relief as 165 villages in the six districts are reeling under the impact of floods. The chief minister issued this direction during a video conference with the district deputy commissioners and asked them to keep sufficient stock of medicine, food items, fodder for livestock and country boats for relief and rescue operations.
The chief minister also asked them to ensure adequate security to every household affected by the floods and for proper assessment for deployment of the SDRF for rescue operations in marooned areas, stating that the Revenue Department has already released gratuitous relief fund to all the districts. He further stressed on timely payment of ex-gratia amount to families of flood victims within 48 hours. Districts of Lakhimpur, Darrang, Karimganj, Nalbari, Udalguri and Sonitpur have been hit by floods affecting nearly 60,000 people in 165 villages, an Assam State Disaster Management Authority release said today. River Dhansiri at Numaligarh in Golaghat district and Jia Bharali at N T Road Crossing in Sonitpur district were flowing above danger level, while 3,369 hectare of farmland with standing crops was inundated in four districts except Udalguri and Nalbari, the report said.
The infrastructure damage includes breach of an agricultural embankment and a PWD road in Lakhimpur district, an embankment in Sonitpur district along with severe erosion in Morigaon district. Stressing that eight relief camps have been opened where 3,000 people were taking shelter, the ASDMA said relief food materials have been provided to the inmates there. In Arunachal, a girl was killed and three others were seriously injured when a landslide, triggered by heavy downpour, hit Chimpu village near here today, police said. Biki Anju (18), a class-x student of Chimpu Secondary School succumbed to her injuries.
She was sleeping when the landslide hit her dwelling. More than five dwellings were completely damaged in the landslide. Out of the three injured, one Bengia Nina's condition was critical. Nina was being treated at R K Mission Hospital. Parliamentary secretary for urban development cum local MLA Techi Kaso along with Itanagar Municipal Council (IMC) councillors Biri Tukdo and Techi Mema visited the affected area. Kaso provided some immediate relief and assured to fetch more relief materials from the government soon. "Though we cannot prevent a natural calamity from happening, we can minimise the extent of damage if we remain alert and take precautionary measures during the monsoon," Kaso said. Arunachal Pradesh has been receiving heavy downpour for the past week.
Meanwhile, the Indian Army on Monday rescued 200 civilians, including 50 children. The children were stranded due to massive landslides in West Kameng district, a defence spokesman said in Guwahati.