LAKHIMPUR: Due to ongoing heavy rainfall, the flood situation worsened in Lakhimpur district on Friday. At present, the third wave of the flood has inundated a total of 140 revenue villages under 6 Revenue Circles (RC) in the district.
Notably, a total of 62 revenue villages under 4 RCs in the district had been under flood till Thursday. On Friday, flood caused by various rivers of the district affected 78 more villages, inundating number of new villages under Bihpuriya and Subansiri RCs afresh.
At present, 58 villages under Bihpuriya RC, 36 villages under Naoboicha RC, 20 villages under Narayanpur RC, 10 villages under North Lakhimpur RC and 11 villages under Kadam RC and 5 villages under Subansiri RC are under flood water. An extensive area under Bihpuriya RC from Trajuli to Dhunaguri has been miserably hit by the present wave of the flash flood.
The flood caused by River Pabho has breached away a panchayat bundh at No. 1 Sonapur under Laluk area of Naoboicha RC. Rapid surge of flood caused by River Subansiri has caused erosion in the embankment at Purani Bahgora under Bihpuriya RC. River Gabharu washed away a culvert at Kehutoli village under the same RC. In Naoboicha RC, Gelahati LP School, Bokanadi-Ranabari LP School, No. 2 Bishnupur LP School, No. 2 Borguli LP School and 646 Pub Borchola LP School under Naoboicha RC have been submerged by flood.
As per report from the district administration, the present deluge has hit a total of 75,291 people, 1330.65 hectares of crop area, 8,834 big animals, 4,207 small animals and 175 poultry. The district administration distributed relief items at 15 relief distribution points, 10 under Naoboicha RC and 5 under North Lakhimpur RC on Friday. A relief centre was opened at Sonapur Buniyadi LP School wherein there are 85 inmates at present.
On the other hand, the water level in the catchment area of Ranganadi Hydro Electric Plant (RHEP) is rising due to heavy rainfall. As a result of it, NEEPCO has released the excess water from the Ranganadi dam by opening the Dam Gate No. 5 by 200 mm since 6:00 pm.