LAKHIMPUR: The flood situation of Lakhimpur district has worsened as the management of Ranganadi Hydro Electric Plant (RHEP) has been continuously releasing the excess water from Ranganadi dam since Monday last.
The overflowning water of the Ranganadi River has inundated several new areas in the downstream of the river under North Lakhimpur and Naoboicha Revenue Circles (RC) on Wednesday. The flash flood caused by the river due to the release of the excess water from the reservoir of the Ranganadi dam submerged more than 50 villages under the mentioned RCs.
The RHEP management released the excess water from the dam through its Radial Gate No. 4 by opening it by 2600mm from 6pm on Tuesday. Then the gate was opened by 2800mm from 9 pm, by 3000mm from 9.25pm on that day. On Wednesday, the excess water from the reservoir has been released through the same Gate by opening it by 2500mm since 10.00 am till the time of filing this report.
Simultaneously, the water levels of the all major rivers of the district like Subansiri, Boginadi, Kakoi, Shingara, Pabha, Dikrong, Dropang Sessa, Dihiri, Pichala under North Lakhimpur subdivision and Jiadhol, Kumatia, and Charikoria under Dhakuakhana subdivision, have been rising due to heavy downpour in the State of Arunachal Pradesh and the all districts of North Assam, including Lakhimpur. As a result, the flood caused by these rivers has inundated an extensive area of the district. On Wednesday, the present wave of flash floods had inundated a total of 115 revenue villages of the district, 45 under North Lakhimpur RC, 28 under Naoboicha RC, 20 under Bihpuriya RC, 19 under Narayanpur RC and three revenue villages under Kadam RC.
A total of 52,686 people, 15,784 in North Lakhimpur RC, 15,405 in Naoboicha RC, 11,295 in Bihpuriya RC, 9,907 in Narayanpur RC and 295 in Kadam RC, have been affected by the present wave of flood. On the other hand, 4019.84 hectares of crop areas, 13,774 big animals, 7,533 small animals, and 12,577 poultry have been severely affected by flash flood.
The flood caused by Ranganadi washed away the Alimuddin Chuburi to Turabilchuk guide dam at Dezoo Pathar under Naoboicha RC. Incessant rain has caused large rain cuts on the Dhunaguri embankment under Bihpuriya RC. Similarly, the raising water of Charikoria River in Dhakuakhana subdivision has been eroding the road-cum-embankment of Sonari Chapori to Borkhamukh road at its 5-km portion and another road-cum-embankment of Balahi to Balipukhuri road at its 1-km portion. On the other hand, the flood caused by Jiadhol and Kumatya rivers eroded away the road-cum-embankment of Gadangarchuk to Konwarbari road at its 2 km and 5 km portion.
Similarly, floods have submerged the breached portion caused by the last flood in Dhakuakhana subdivision, from Chakuli to Akhoiphutiya road, Bilmukh PWD road to Mohbal Gaon road at 1km and 3 km portions and Swani Medak to Yedut Gaon road at 1 km to 3 km portion. The flood caused by Shigara River washed away the bamboo bridge connecting Tatiamora with Mohghuli under Naoboicha RC while one box culvert was damaged by flood breaching the approach from Nij-Laluk to Torajuli Sonowal Gaon under Bihpuriya RC.