Threat of massive floods looms large over Garo Hills

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Front Page

Staff Reporter
TURA, Aug 12: Incessant rains throughout the Garo Hills region over the past four days have left the entire region on the throes of a mammoth flood. The current deluge which has grown in strength over the past few days has left the town of Baghmara literally submerged while also threatening other villages and towns of the region.
Flood waters in SGH have ensured that more than a 100 families being moved to safer ground while in the Dalu region in West Garo Hills, another 100 more families are currently based in camps on higher ground.

We have been distributing relief to the families affected by the flood. Half of the town including schools and market area is under floodwater. The situation is very bad and all possible help is being extended to the affected families,” said the Deputy Commissioner of South Garo Hills, Shella Marak.
The DC informed that a relief camp has been set up at Bolsalgre locality in Baghmara but the affected people preferred to shift to their relatives’ houses in safer areas.
“Our team is compiling reports on the extent of damages from different parts of the district,” added Marak.
The venue for Independence Day celebration in the heart of the town is currently submerged under waterwhile road communication has been disrupted between Baghmara and Tura due to flooding at Dimapara area, about 50 kms from Tura in West Garo Hills.
The mighty Simsang river is flowing above danger level in different parts of South Garo Hills.
Baghmara town came under the grip of flood from early morning. The other affected areas in South Garo Hills are – Karukol, Dimapara and Gasuapara. Police and BSF personnel rescued several persons stranded in their houses this morning.
“A police team with the assistance of BSF has rescued several people trapped in the flood waters in their houses,” said the Superintendent of Police of South Garo Hills, Abraham Sangma. No loss of life has been reported so far.
“Landslides and flood waters have affected the movement of the vehicles,” the official said while also stating that the Baghmara police station has been damaged due to mudslides.
There were also reports of flood in villages under Dalu Block in West Garo Hills district. The government officials have been rushed to Dalu to take stock of the situation.
 “There are currently 4 relief camps in Dalu in the Khillapara LP School (28 families), Chaipani HS School (11 families), Hajongpara LP School (21 families) and Paulpara Community Hall (51 families). We are providing relief materials including bottled water to the victims. The waters of the Bugai river is said to be receding so hopefully things will get better tomorrow,” said the DC of WGH, Pravin Bakshi.
Interestingly the plain belt of WGH has remained unaffected till now though the waters of Brahmaputra and its tributary Jinjiram is said to be steadily rising. Most paddy fields for now remain submerged.
“The situation is still under control as rains have been lower here than in other places like Tura. However waters have continued to rise through the day. Hopefully things will get better in the coming days,” said a resident.
Meanwhile incessant rain in the town of Tura has also raised the fear of landslides in some areas.
In South West Garo Hills road link were disrupted due to landslides and trees uprooted and floodwater touching roads in places like Damalgre and Mukdangra. “Paddy field in different areas has come under flood water. We are keep stock of the situation. All officials of the district are monitoring the situation,” said Cyril V.D. Diengdoh, Deputy Commissioner of South West Garo Hills.


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