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Flood situation worsens in Lakhimpur district, 172 revenue villages affected

Due to rolling of overflowing water over main dam of the Subansiri Lower Hydroelectric Project being constructed by NHPC Limited at Gerukamukh

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Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  20 Jun 2022 7:20 AM GMT

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LAKHIMPUR: Due to rolling of overflowing water over main dam of the Subansiri Lower Hydroelectric Project being constructed by NHPC Limited at Gerukamukh, continuous release of excess water from Pare Hydro Electric Project (PHEP) located at Doinukh of Arunachal Pradesh through river Dikrong and from Ranganadi Hydro Electric Plant (RHEP) located at Yazali of the same State through river Ranganadi by NEEPCO and rising level of other major rivers of the district, the flood situation of Lakhimpur has worsened.

The second wave of flash flood of the year in the district hit a total of 172 revenue villages under Bihpuriya, Kadam, North Lakhimpur, Naoboicha and Subansiri, Dhakuakhana and Narayanpur Revenue Circles (RCs) on Sunday. Though the flood had affected 66 villages under 6 RCs of the district till Friday, 106 more villages were hit by flood on Saturday and Sunday affecting one more RC.

Only flash flood caused by River Subansiri, due to overflowing water over the main dam of the SLHP, has inundated more than 60 villages under North Lakhimpur Bihpuria and Narayanpur RCs. At present, 52 villages under North Lakhimpur RC 17 villages under Narayanpur RC have been reeling under flood. Similarly, flash flood caused by River Dikrong and other rivers has affected 38 villages under Bihpuria RC. Flash flood caused by rivers like Ranganadi and Shingara has inundated 44 villages under Naoboicha RC. River Kakoi, River Subansiri have hit 11 villages under Kadam RC including Bodhakora area. On the other hand, 7 villages under Dhakuakhana RC and 3 villages under Subansiri RC have reeling under flood.

The present wave of flash flood has hit 1,16,601 people, 1832.95 hectare of crop area, 44,537 animals including 28,318 big animals, 12,066 small animals and 4153 poultry across the district. Damage of various infrastructures, including roads, dykes, residential houses has been reported from the flood affected areas.

On the other hand NEEPCO has been continuously releasing additional water from the Pare Hydro Electric Project (PHEP) through river Dikrong and from Ranganadi Hydro Electric Plant (RHEP) through river Ranganadi till day. At the time of filing this report, Gate No. 2 of PHEP is opened by 1600 mm while Gate No 4 of RHEP is opened by 300 mm. RMC, Borjhar has issued alert for thunderstorm with lightning and very heavy rainfall very likely at isolated places over Lakhimpur district in its district wise Weather Warning Bulletin for June 19 and June 20

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