JORABAT, May 23 - A major portion of the National Highway-37 at Jorabat witnessed massive waterlogging today following rains which hit the city and nearby areas.
The worst hit areas were 8th Mile, 10th Mile, Jorabat and the highway in front of the Northeast Cancer Hospital and Research Institute (NECHRI).
The locals alleged that large-scale hill-cutting on the Meghalaya side and encroachment of many parts of the Jorabat to Byrnihat stretch have resulted in clogged drains, which is the main cause of frequent flash floods in the area.
Dr Gitartha Roymedhi, In-Charge of the Hospital Quality Control Management of NECHRI, said such waterlogging affects the hospital in a big way. “The routine of doctors gets affected as they get stranded in the Hospital even after duty hours due to flash flood,” Dr Roymedhi said.
Moreover, the patients from far-off places discharged from the hospital too get stranded due to the problem of waterlogging, he added.
Local people, however, lauded the work of the Jorabat police as they worked hard to clear the traffic snarls in the evening.
It must be mentioned that Jenifer Yasmin Choudhury, the Circle Officer of Sonapur Revenue Circle, had visited Jorabat recently and acknowledged it as a serious issue. She sought the support of the local residents to put an end to the waterlogging problem in the area.
Around thousands of vehicles got stranded following the inundation of NH-37 in today’s flash flood.