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Incessant rain coupled with release of dam water from 500 MW Ranganadi Hydroelectrical Power Plant (RHEP) at Yazali inside Arunachal Pradesh by North East Electrical Power Corporation (NEEPCO) on downstream Ranganadi has worsened the flood situation in Assam’s Lakhimpur district in the last 24 hours.

The worst affected areas in the district in the current flood are from Nowboicha Revenue Circle where a host of perennial rivers criss-cross the region originating from the hills of neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh.

Heavy downpour in the district and in the hills of the neighbouring state in the last three consecutive days have left rivers like Panchnoi, Gabhoru, Singra and Bokanadi in spat resulting in the inundation of thirty villages of the revenue circle including croplands.

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The flood water also submerged NH-15 – Doolahat PWD road and Pohumora-Pokonia road.

Similarly overflowing water of Meneha, Singia, Gabhoru and Bogolee have submerged a wide area in Laluk affecting agriculture lands and fisheries.

River Gabhoru has breached a portion of its embankment at 12th Mile in Laluk.

In North Lakhimpur Revenue Circle six villages have been affected by the flood.

The worst affected area in the revenue circle is West Telahi Gaon Panchayat affecting two PWD roads.

In Narayanpur Revenue Circle 13 villages have been affected by the flood.

Overflowing waters of Pichala, Durpang and Sesa have inundated large swathes of agriculture land.

In the riverine Mermukh area flood water badly affected the standing Ahoo and Bodo paddy.

Villagers were forced to harvest the half-ripe paddy for the inundation caused by the flood.

The flood by Bogeenadi and Kakoi submerged twelve villages in Kadam Revenue Circle of Lakhimpur district.

In North Lakhimpur, the Water Resources department has informed that water levels of Brahmaputra, Subansiri and Dikrong have been flowing above danger levels at various places in the district.

The Brahmaputra was flowing over danger level at Jamuguri, Subansiri at Dhalghat, Ghancharai and Silikhaguri, Dikrong overflowing danger level at Sisipathar RCC bridge and Pabha river at NH-15 crossing.

The latest flood has affected agriculture land of 874.5 hectares with a population of 32,647 people in the district.

Farhana Ahmed

Farhana Ahmed is Northeast Now Correspondent in North Lakhimpur. She can be reached at: farhana.ahmed777@gmail.com