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Assam: Cachar Hit Hard In Floods, Silchar under water

Guwahati:  From Monday morning, several parts of both urban and rural Silchar were submerged. As flood waters engulfed Silchar town in Assam’s Cachar district, the Indian Army has been deployed to carry out relief and rescue operations on Monday.

Water from the Barak river entered the town due to the damages to the Bethukandi embankment. The river on Monday was flowing above the danger level of 19.93 metres and was recorded at 21.84 metres.

Several low-lying areas of Silchar were flooded with waist-deep water. Meanwhile, Cachar Deputy Commissioner Keerthi Jalli requested the people to shift to high land areas.

“Water has been entering every home in the town. Water is also sipping in through the surrounding areas of the town. I want to request the public not to panic. As the water is increasing, please shift to the high land areas. All our rescue teams and relief teams are fully operational. Every flood-affected village will get relief. I request you not to panic. And whatever is possible, please help each other to make it to the high land areas. Our NDRF, SDRF, Army, BSF, and CRPF boats are deployed. Lots of requests are coming in and we’ll evacuate everyone. Just help each other in whatever way possible. My second request is to the community leaders especially. We have a lot of NGOs and rich people in our Silchar town. Based on humanity, and without considering religion and caste, please help each other,” said Jalli.

Meanwhile, River Barak in Barak Valley has already crossed the danger level and touched 21.58 metre mark at Annapurna ghat in Silchar at 6 pm on Monday.

As per the Daily Flood Report of Cachar District as on June 20 at 4:00 PM, Katigorah, Lakhipur, Silchar, Udharbandh and Sonai Revenue Circles were flood affected.

The report stated that a total of 449 villages were flood affected, out of which 154 villages are from Katigorah, 85 villages are in Lakhipur, 98 villages in Silchar, 76 villages in Sonai and 36 villages in Udharbandh.

A total of 2,07,143 people were affected out of which 80,518 are male, 74,620 female and 52,005 are children.

A total of 19,443 inmates are residing in 129 relief camps in the district, out of which 8,364 are male, 7,151 female, 3,915 children, a pregnant woman and two persons with disability.

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