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Flood affects 11,000 people in Jonai
Correspondent
 DHEMAJI, Sept 5 - Heavy rain that has been lashing the district for the past several days has inundated low-lying areas. Many areas are under water. The Siang river has inundated Kobu-chapori and Mesaki chapori under Jonai revenue circle in Dhemaji district and affected about 11, 353 people, besides submerging standing crops in 315 hectares.

The flood water has submerged Kobuchapori, Mesaki chapori, Bahir-Jonai and Galighat areas under the revenue circle and created havoc in these rural areas.

Surging water of new Siang and Lali rivers and other tributaries of the Brahmaputra has submerged 41 villages of Bahir-Sille and Bahir-Jonai, Gali Sikari and Ramdhan panchayats and flooded the riverine areas.

Jonai sub-divisional administration has opened a relief camp at Mesaki Rabha village and where 183 inmates of 27 families are taking shelter. The administration so far has distributed 153.18 quintals of rice, 29.37 quintals of dal, 8.81 quintals of salt, 9 packets baby food and 210 pieces tarpaulin besides other materials among the flood-affected people.

Through flood water has started receding, yet the overall situation is still grim in Kobu chapori and Mesaki chapori area. The relief inmates are returning back to their flood-raved homes in their respective villages.

Jonai Circle Officer Manuranjan Payeng informed the medical and veterinary teams to conduct camps in the flood-hit areas, dealing with post- flood woes. As such, officials from Public Health Engineering have been engaged to provide safe drinking water facilities in the affected villages.

However, no loss of human life or major loss of livestock in the flash flood has been reported from the affected sites so far.

Member of Parliament (MP) from Lakhimpur Pradan Baruah accompanied by local BJP leaders visited the flood-hit rural areas of Jonai on Wednesday and take stock of the lost and damaged caused by the flash flood. He also assured the people of proper rehabilitation measures.

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