LAKHIMPUR: Though the present wave of deluge has receded in Lakhimpur district since Thursday, the affected people are facing a miserable plight. Most of the affected people, whose villages and houses were inundated by flood, have been compelled to live in an unhealthy environment after going back from the embankments. The people of Bongaon and Dowarpar under Pachim Telahi Gaon Panchayat (GP) in North Lakhimpur Revenue Circle have suffered a lot after going back to their homes from the Ranganadi embankment. The flood caused by the Ranganadi River due to release of the excess water from the catchment area of NEEPCO operated Ranganadi Hydro Electric Plant since July 7, ravaged the two villages penetrating through the unplugged guide dam of the Ranganadi right embankment. The siltation caused by the flood has turned the residential houses of over 60 families under Dowargaon and over 20 families under Bongaon unsuitable for living.
In addition to these villages, flood caused by the same river severely affected Moluwal, Santipur, Kathal Pukhuri, Sapekhati, Nagargaon, western part of Pokadol under Pachim Telahi GP and Karatipar, Pub Amtola, Nepaligaon, Chengamari, Chitaldubi and Gamsuk villages. Siltation buried several hundred hectares of newly-planted croplands in this agro-based area. Siltation further buried the individual household sanitary latrines, thereby creating a fear of environmental pollution in the upcoming days. Flood collapsed the communication system of the area too. As a consequence, the people of several villages are unable to avail the benefits of the free-of-cost health camps conducted at Amtola Health Sub-centre. Under these circumstances, the deprived people have demanded the district administration to hold the medical camps in each and every village of the affected area as these villages are prone to fever and diarrhoea and many other flood-related diseases.
The guide dam was breached by the flood caused by Ranganadi due to massive releases of excess water in July, 2017. No initiative was taken during the past days in order to plug the guide dam despite consecutive prayers of the local people. As a result, the people of Bongaon and Dowargaon, along with several adjacent villages, had to face the NEEPCO-created flood fury again this year too.
Simultaneously, the people of south Narayanpur are facing pure drinking water crisis. The flood caused by Subansiri River and Luit affected the road communication in several villages under Pub Narayanpur GP, Dakhin Narayanpur GP and Jamuguri GP. The livestock of this area have been attacked by post-flood diseases. Similarly, the people of Tarajuli village under Laluk are also facing pure drinking water crisis. The people of the village, which was damaged by the consecutive flood caused by the Gabharu River, have to drink water by digging shallow wells amidst the sand of the river basin. Flood has already damaged almost all sources of drinking water in this village along with the road communication system. The village is at present affected by erosion of the river. The Laluk regional unit of All Assam Students’ Union supplied drinking water to the people of the village on July 18.
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