Guwahati: Submerged under the flood waters in majority parts of the town of Silchar in Cachar district, the denizens there who claimed to have witnessed an ‘unreal’ flood situation in the town were now running out drinking water.
With most of the drinking water resources (both private and public) affected by the flood water, hundreds of Silchar residents were now left ‘thirsty’. Though the state government has are already begun airdropping packaged drinking water bottles daily, the situation was yet to be addressed adequately.
Sudipto Paul, a resident of Silchar, said, “We received only a few litres of drinking water during a relief drive but it is not enough. With wells, water pumps getting damaged by flood waters, we are left thirsty. The relief program is not meeting the demand.”
Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “Concerned authorities have been asked to install four water purifier systems to address the situation. Besides, water bottles were being airdropped to affected families.”
Looking at the grim situation, even the neighbouring state of Mizoram decided to step in. On Monday, Mizoram’s chief minister Zoramthanga said the government of Mizoram is willing to send drinking water barrels by trucks up to Vairengte along the inter-state border, from where those could be dispatched to affected areas as per convenience.
Mizoram shares a border with southern Assam’s Barak Valley, which is one of the most severely affected areas by floods.
In Cachar, more than 3 lakh people have been devastated by this flood. The whole city of Silchar was submerged in water for several days.
Meanwhile, state’s chief secretary Jishnu Barua, took the stock of lifeline communication restoration in Barak Valley districts and Dima Hasao via a video conference (VC) with the deputy commissioners along with NHAI, NHIDCL, NF Railways, PWD (NH & Roads) etc. and requested the stakeholders for immediate restoration of the damages occurred during recent flood and landslide.
Barua also instructed to complete the assessment of all the Rehabilitation Grant (RG) in Cachar before July 10, 2022.
The Cachar district administration has also initiated drone survey in Silchar for damage assessment of the inundated areas like Dudh Patil, Chamra Gudam, Silchar Railway Station etc.