Incessant rains throw normal life out of gear in Carnic

Report by: 
EOI CORRESPONDENT
CAR NICOBAR
6 Jan 2017

Heavy rains lashed Car Nicobar for the past three days, flooded several villages and paralyzed normal life in the region. The heavy downpour left low lying areas in the region inundated. Mudslides, loss of property and crops have been reported from many hamlets of Car Nicobar for the past few days. Fire fighters, police and the revenue authorities are on high alert and are reportedly monitoring the situation closely.

According to reports, heavy rains swamped the streets and flooded areas like Perka, Tamaloo, Kakana, areas near the Air Force Station forcing rain water to enter homes and commercial outlets in the city. The cloudburst also led to traffic snags mainly due to flooding of the streets. Several vehicles have been reported damaged during the deluge. In some areas, farmers have reported damage to crops. The situation, according to sources, normalized to some extent on Friday after rains subsided. The weather man has, however, forecast heavy rains at isolated places over Nicobar Islands in the next 48 hours and all agencies have been reportedly put on high alert.

“Car Nicobar is basically a flat region and incessant rains often trigger flash floods in many villages here. In the last few days, several villagers have suffered damage to household goods and crops due to rain water inundation. Areas like Tamalaoo, Kakana, Perka are the worst affected. Traffic was badly hit due to the deluge. It remained virtually impossible to make a distinction between roads and footpaths. Car Nicobar literally came to a standstill because of the heavy downpour. Some minor cases of accidents have also been reported. The District Administration is, however, rendering all possible assistance to the affected population,” said a government official posted at Car Nicobar. 

Car Nicobar is the northernmost of the Nicobar Islands and is also one of three local administrative divisions of the Nicobar District. It is a flat fertile island covered with clusters of coconut palms and enchanting beaches with a roaring sea all around. Home to the Nicobarese tribes, all the 21 villages in Car Nicobar has a tuhet meaning elderly heads, the number of which varies. From each of these elders, three are elected as 1st, 2nd, and 3rd captain to look after the day-to-day affairs of the village. The Car Nicobar islands do not have any evergreen forests, which dominate the central and southern islands of the Nicobars. Most of the island is covered with coconut plantation and natural flora is present only in the interior areas. Although the area of Car Nicobar is less than 7% of the area of the Nicobar group, in the census of 2011 its population of 17841 was 48% of the total population of Nicobar.