By Mithu Das June 27, 2017
Urban flooding is becoming a common problem in cities and towns around the world. Even small town like Golaghat, my hometown, hasn’t spared by it. A heavy downpour last night, which has lasted for several hours, caused floods in many places in Golaghat town. The flood has also hit my house which is situated at Krishna Nagar (Ward No.6).
Upon surveying the flooded area, in my neighbourhood, we found that this sudden flood has been caused by a clogged drain. The drain was once under the main road and emptied into an open channel. Unfortunately, after people started dwelling near the drain, it had slowly been filled up with soil. Likewise, the channels were encroached. Sadly, nobody complained about the vanishing drains nor the Golaghat Municipal Board came to inspect the area.
Fortunately, many people say that there is still some hope. If we dig up a new drain in the same place (where it had been before) and connect it with the existing channels, we can prevent sudden flood like this in the area. We hope Golaghat Municipal Board will seriously look after the problem.
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