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Many parts of Jorhat reeling under flash floods
Correspondent
 JORHAT, May 30 – A single shower last night has made a large portion of the Jorhat town reeling under artificial flood leaving the inhabitants of the affected areas in an uncomfortable position. A heavy rain forecasting the message of hard times ahead to the citizens of Jorhat in the rainy season flooded the compounds of Deputy Commissioner’s office, SP office, Circuit House, Gandhi Park, Jorhat Government Higher Secondary School under knee deep water.

The worst affected areas in the town were the police colony, magistrate colony, Chandan Nagar, Suruj Nagar, Kushal Nagar, Kakati Gaon, Brahmin Gaon and Sonari Gaon.

Earlier, the small rivulets namely the Tarajan, the Borkhal, the Athubhonga Jan and Mohuwajan functioned as the outlets of the excess rainwater from inside the Jorhat town. The water immediately rush out through these ‘Jan’(rivulet)s even after a heavy shower. But due to large-scale encroachment and construction works, the rivulets were narrowed down in several places. The Athubhonga Jan and Mohuwajan will become non-existent within a short span of time if the same situation goes on. The blocking of these outlets is the main reason behind the artificial flood inside the town.

Moreover, several pools in the AT Road inside the town are under construction which also prevented the water from passing through the earlier canals from the northern side of the AT Road to the Southern side. The drainage system in the town is not properly working to let the clogged water going out of the water-logged areas of the town.

The mushroom growth of new constructions in the town without a proper masterplan has turned the situation even worse. Now a single shower is enough to submerge the entire area under artificial flood. Like Guwahati, the capital city of the state, Jorhat too is gradually facing the dire consequences of unplanned construction during the rainy days.

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