Rescue work remained hampered due to the strong currents of the river and couldn't be started till the morning of June 25. These families are at risk of being washed away anytime. Actual situation will be known once the area is accessible. It is feared that many could have been drowned.
In addition, standing crops, road, livestock, etc were washed away, while an under construction PMGSY bridge was completely damaged. The affected Chakma villagers also lost important official documents in the deluge.
Many families are also affected in the left side. The Vijaypur middle school has been declared as a temporary relief camp till the situation improves by the local administration. Relief items including rice, kerosene oil, drinking water, fruits, etc are distributed by the local administration and an NGO among the hapless people. A medical camp has reportedly been set up. The local administration has announced Rs. 2,000 each as immediate relief for those whose houses were completely washed away.
There was no report of casualty in the affected area in the left side. But, a sick villager died in a hospital in Assam due to delay caused by the flood in providing treatment.
Flood due to incessant rains is not new in the area. However, the current flood has been described as a “never-seen-before phenomenon” by the affected people. Large area, including agricultural lands has been washed away or remained submerged.
The combined population of the two villages is over 3000. There is already scarcity of land among the Chakmas due to loss of land in the past floods. The situation will only exacerbate.