LAKHIMPUR: The ravaging flood situation caused by River Singara is still grim under Naoboicha Revenue Circle of Lakhimpur district. A total of 16 revenue villages named Dolahat No. 30 FC Grant, Dolahat, Dighalipukhuri, Kothal Pukhuri, Haribor Doloni, Haribor Naharani, Ranabari, Konwarpur, Bokanadi, No. 2 Sonapur, Phukan Doloni, Balijan, Balitika, Haribor and No. 2 Naharbari have been still reeling under flood water. The district administration opened two flood relief camps, one at Shastri Memorial LP School and the other at Pub Dolahat LP School. There are 64 inmates, 47 adults and 17 minors, in the flood relief camps.
Notably, the flood fury caused by the river on Friday claimed two lives including a teen-aged girl. The two deceased persons had been identified as Sunil Das (45), son of late Binod Das and Puspa Roy (14), daughter of Sushil Roy, residents of Phoolbari under Naoboicha Revenue Circle. The forceful surge of the overflown water instantly swept away Sunil Das, Puspa Roy and another child named Paresh Roy (10) in the morning on that day. Later, the bodies of Sunil Das and Puspa Roy were recovered at Gelahati in the downstream of the river. Paresh Roy has been untraceable till the time of filing this report. The rapid charge of the overflown water of the river also breached the Dolahat Tiniali of NH-15 and Dolahat Bazaar connecting Road at No. 30 FC Grant washing away more than hundred meter stretch of the road and damaged several residential houses, school buildings and other infrastructures near the breached area.
On Sunday, a delegation of Lakhimpur District Congress Committee (LDCC), led by president Dr. Joy Prakash Das and general secretary Gangajyoti Tayegam visited the affected area and took stock of the situation. During the visit, the affected persons, who have been staying at the street at present, informed the delegation about the problems which they had faced with regard to procuring the essential commodities and pure drinking water.
The LDCC president alleged that the flood caused by the river could breach the road only due to the construction of the embankment by investing a fund of Rs. 60,00,000 with sands and dredging of those sands just by the embankment with excavators. He demanded the State Government to compensate the bereaved families of the deceased persons with a fund of Rs. 10,00,000 and a government job to each family. He further accused NEEPCO for the flood fury caused by the river and demanded for launching CBI probe against Lakhimpur Water Resources Division regarding the issue. General secretary Gangajyoti Tayegam demanded to construct the embankment after a scientific study and to compensate all the flood victims adequately. He also demanded for launching a probe into the embankment breaching issue. The delegation called on the bereaved families of deceased Sunil Das, Puspa Roy and Paresh Roy and expressed their concern regarding the loss of their lives.