Featured Image: A stretch of the Silchar-Badarpur National Highway near Silchar has been washed away.
By A Newsman
Silchar, 31 March: HEAVY and incessant rainfall for the past two days has wreaked havoc in all the three districts of Barak Valley with a vast swathe of land going under water and stretches of highways being washed away at several places.
A woman named Arupa Bhattacharjee, 32, has been washed away by flood water at Kalyani, about six km from Silchar town.
According to the Regional Meteorological Centre at Guwahati, in the past 24-hours until 8.30 this morning, it has rained about 240 mm in Silchar, and about 300 mm in its neighbouring town Lakhipur. Other places in Barak Valley have received a rainfall ranging between 90 mm to 140 mm.
Most of the main thoroughfares and internal roads in Silchar town remained under water until today noon. They include Ambicapatty, Shillong Patty, Nutan Patty, Kalibari Char, Chittaranjan Avenue (National Highway), Sonai Road, and Link Road. Gandhi Mela Ground has gone under waist deep water.
People had to wade through knee to waist deep water to go to work or business. Several schools in the town, such as Ramanuj Gupta School and Holy Cross High School, cancelled their first term exams that were scheduled to kick off today.
The heavy rains have washed away about 10 feet stretch of the Silchar-Badarpur National Highway at Bangla Ghat near Kalyani. This has resulted in Karimganj district being disconnected by road from Silchar, leaving people with the only option of travelling by train. The Lumding-Haflong-Silchar National Highway has also been breached at several places.
The rains that had started since the afternoon of 29 March, took a break as the day progressed today. Until evening, it rained little in any parts of Barak Valley. But the worry is that the weather officer has forecast heavy to very heavy rain in Cachar and Karimganj districts from 1 to 4 April.
On 2 April, there is also a warning for thunder squall at 60 kmph accompanied by hail at isolated places in the region.