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Flood affects 75,000 people in Jonai

Surrounded by flood waters, traditional huts standing on bamboo stilts at Banmukh Mising Gaon under Bihpuriya in Lakhimpur district, on Monday. UB Photos
 JONAI, Aug 26 More than 75,000 people of 242 villages under the Jonai subdivision have been displaced in the flood which hit Dhemaji district early this month, according to a report of the subdivisional administration here.

Incessant and heavy rainfall on the northern Arunachal hills since the last two weeks triggered the flood in the riverine villages on the southern part of Jonai subdivision, submerging rural roads and bridges besides human habitations.

The second wave of floods, caused by the Brahmaputra and Lai rivers, has inundated 242 villages at Bahir-Jonai, Bahir-Sille, Gali-Sikari, Ramdhan, Somkong and Misamara Gaon Panchayats under the Jonai Revenue Circle. About 12,958 hectares of standing crops have been affected. The deluge has washed away household property and domestic animals and also damaged dwelling places.

The administration has so far set up 28 relief camps to provide shelter to the affected people. Around 9,600 families in the worst-affected Bahir-Jonai, Ramdhan, Somkong and Misamara Panchayat areas are taking shelter in the relief camps set up at different locations.

The administration has also distributed food items including rice, dal, salt, mustard oil and salt, besides tarpaulin, among the inmates. Officials are also engaged in assessing the situation and monitoring the flood relief activities.

The Circle Officer of Jonai, Manuj Barua, who is closely monitoring the flood situation, said today that the overall flood situation was improving as the floodwaters have been receding in the worst-affected areas. However, he said the inmates have to stay for one or two weeks in the relief camps before returning to their respective villages.

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