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Flash flood hits Diphu town

Flash flood hits Diphu town
Flooding in the main town area of Diphu. (NP)
Correspondent DIPHU OCTOBER 27 | Publish Date: 10/27/2019 11:44:08 AM IST

Incessant rainfall across the hills of Assam has caused floods in several valley areas of Karbi Anglong and West Karbi Anglong district since early morning on Saturday. Steady precipitation in the catchment of river Dhansiri and Kopili have inundated vast areas of Bokajan sub division and basin of Kheroni, Baithalangso and adjoining areas. Four relief camps have been set up by the district administration in Bokajan’s affected areas. Donkamukam – Tumpreng road has been closed following total  inundation by Kopili River.  

Flash flood in Diphu River has submerged maximum low-lying areas of Diphu town affecting most business establishments and slum areas. Playing area of the newly constructed Karbi Anglong Sports Association stadium is totally under water. The over  flooded Diphu river engulfed densely populated areas of the town within few hours.

 According to victims, water level started rising around 5.30 am and within hours overwhelmed the main market area, Sitalabari, Sib bari, Sarthey colony, Stadium road, Harilal basti and vast part of the town. Around 20 thousand people have been affected and large quantities of merchandise stored in warehouse have been damaged. 

Water level has not receded at the time of filing this report. Police, staffs of Diphu municipality and other concerned authority have assessed the extent of damage and have mobilized relief operation.   

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