|Flash flood causes huge damages in Mankachar area|
HATSINGIMARI, Oct 2 - Due to incessant rains in the Meghalya hills for the past few days, a devastating flash flood occurred in the entire Kalapani area under Mankachar revenue circle of South Salmara-Mankachar district on Sunday and caused huge damages to agricultural fields and fisheries.
A wooden bridge washed away at Boisabari on Kalo river due to the flash flood on Sunday. – Photo: ANN Service
The rush of flood water, while it came down from the hills, was so fast that within a few minutes three wooden bridges on Kalo river located at Boisabari, Tokpara and Lakhishari were washed away causing total disruption of road communication in greater Kalapani areas.
The flash flood caused maximum damages in agricultural fields where thousands of hectares of standing sali paddy along with vegetables were submerged. Almost 50 villages under three gaon panchayats have been directly affected by the flash flood.
Maximum damage was suffered by farmers with fisheries. Sources informed that more than 600 fisheries with full grown fishes were totally submerged and damaged and its worth would be more than rupees three crore.
A local fish farmer, Jomser Ali informed this Correspondent that he had three fisheries covering about 20 bighas of land with mature fishes weighing not less than one-and-a-half kilogram each, and its market value would be more than Rs 5 lakh. All his three fisheries have been totally damaged by the flash flood.
The local people have alleged that the district administration has not given any importance towards the damage. It has been learnt that an ADC from the district administration visited the affected areas after 36 hours of the devastation.