Guwahati, Tuesday, August 13, 2013
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Flash floods hit 14 villages in Titabar area
 JORHAT, Aug 12 – Flash floods have destroyed paddy and vegetables in 14 villages in Titabar area which have been gobbled up by the waters of the swollen Kakodonga river since last week. As flood water has inundated many villages, some educational institutes have remained closed.

According to government officials, the flood has caused serious damage to agriculture as well as road connectivity to all these villages located near the bank of the river which witnessed heavy siltation during the rainy reason. Many residents and shelters of livestock in Chungi, Nowpet and Mandal Gaon in Titabar are reeling under water while several other land areas in Natunmati, Kupuating and Sockieting tea estate have been inundated by the river in Golaghat district.

“We believe heavy siltation in Kakodonga is the main cause of the flash flood during this season. Among the affected villages, damages are more apparent in Nowpet, Chungi and Mandal Gaon,” said Ranjit Chargiary, SDC in Titabar.

Officials from the district administration have been conducting a survey for paying relief to the affected people.

Locals said that they had not seen such a devastation caused by flash floods in these villages located on the bank of Kakodonga earlier. “We are facing more hardship this time. All our paddy fields are reeling under water,” said a farmer stranded near Sockieting Tea Estate on Friday.

Besides Titabar, several paddy fields in Bhaktagaon, Rowmari, Randhanijan, Solmora and several other revenue villages were inundated by the Bhogdoi river in Jorhat district after the river had breached a narrow dyke on its southern bank at Solmara village in May this year.

Locals alleged that the district administration is yet to take necessary steps to repair the damaged dyke which has witnessed leakage, seepage and erosion in many other parts.

“Hundreds of our people are jobless this time as all agricultural activities including ploughing have been stopped due to floods in the paddy fields after the dyke was breached. Despite several appeals, the administration is yet to pay heed to our problems,” said a young farmer Biswajit Khaund of Solmara village.

Along with him, several other farmers said they can hope of cultivating paddy late this year after the floods end in September as their “fields are not protected by the dyke constructed by the government.”

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