People of Meghalaya might get some respite from flood in the coming days as floodwaters have shown signs of receding. It may be mentioned that over thousands of people are living in makeshift shelters in the flood-hit areas of western Meghalaya after over 23,559 households were submerged in floodwater.
West Garo Hills District Magistrate Pravin Bakshi said, ‘The floodwaters have shown signs of receding and we are hopeful that the overall situation will improve in the days to come. There have been no reports of fresh flooding though thousands are taking shelter in 26 makeshift camps and on raised platforms as their villages are under knee-deep water.’
A total number of 1,21,535 people in 258 villages were affected after the swollen Brahmaputra and Jingiram rivers submerged many villages under Phulbari, Rajabala, Singimari, Paham, Bhaitbari and Hallidayganj areas.
Bakshi also informed that there was a heavy loss of agriculture, and as per the reports of the agriculture department 2223.3 hectares — 693.3 hectares of sali paddy and 1,530 hectares of jute — were affected along with 258 villages.
Meanwhile, health authorities have warned about an impending epidemic if proper precautions are not taken. ‘We are apprehending that many water-borne diseases might break out in the flood-hit areas once the water-level starts receding in the next 10 to 15 days’ a health official stated.