Heavy rains flood Barak Valley, affecting hundreds

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Silchar: For the past few days, continuous rains and subsequent floods have badly affected the residents of Barak Valley in Assam, damaged many houses and uprooted many trees.

Katigorah in Cachar district was the hardest hit, with reports of massive damage in the last 48 hours. A BSF camp in Balicherra , near the Indo-Bangladesh international border in Katigorah , was damaged by strong winds and rainstorms on Friday evening. Areas along the Assam-Meghalaya border including Malidahar, Chandipur and Mahadebpur were also affected.
The flood-hit villages of Katigorah include Klein, Dhumkar, Saligram and Maugram. A 150-year-old bridge over a river in the Kalaincherra area has also collapsed. Kati Gowda Congress MLA Khaliluddin Mazumdar and Kati Gowda Circle Officer A Minrawa Devi inspected the constituency on Friday and took stock of the situation in view of the artificial flood.
Katigorah Circle Officer A Minarva Devi told East Mojo on Saturday that torrential rains had affected some areas of the constituency, including Kalin and Jailpur (Part-II). “We are visiting the affected areas to assess the damage,” he said.
According to the information received from Cachar district administration, a storm came at around 3.30 pm on Friday and caused severe damage in areas including Mahadebpur GP, Jellalpore GP, Kushiarkul GP and Leverputa GP of Katigorah.
Traffic on National Highway-6 (Assam-Meghalaya Road), which is considered the lifeline of the Barak Valley, has been affected by landslides in many areas. Water from the hills is flooding the roads, making it difficult and dangerous for vehicles to pass. Excavators and other machines have been put to work.

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