90,000 hit by floods in Meghalaya

Correspondent Shillong, Jul 14 | Publish Date: 7/14/2020 9:38:13 AM IST

Nearly 90 thousand people were affected in Meghalaya on Tuesday after the swollen Brahmaputra and Jingiram rivers submerged over 50 villages, an official said.

No loss of life has been reported so far

The Jingiram, one the major rivers in the Garo Hills, caused havoc due to the sudden back flow of the Brahmaputra, inundating the low-lying areas.

”At least 16400 households with a population of 89,000 have been affected by the flash flood in 50 villages in the plains of Garo Hills due to the sudden back flow of the Brahmaputra river,” West Garo Hills’ Deputy Commissioner Ram Singh said. 

 “The situation is bad and the situation is being monitored. Three Community and Rural Development Blocks that include Tikrikilla, Demdema and Selsella have been badly affected,” he added.

Singh who visited the flood-hit areas said that the numbers of affected persons is likely to increase further as water level continues to rise.

The villages of Charbatapara, Moulakandi, Patharkata under Demdema Block, Rajpur, many sections of Old and New Bhaitbari, Rajabala, Chokchokia, Selsella have been affected.

Local village authorities said over 15,000 people have been displaced after several households and agricultural crops, particularly the paddy, were submerged.

Several educational institutions have also been submerged under water.

Singh said that 22 relief camps had been set up.

”We have also geared up to provide relief to the flood affected people for seven days,” he said. 

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