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Villagers cry "cut off from the world" after flood washes away bridge in Assam's Pengeri

The bridge falls along the main route to the village and was constructed in 2010 at an expense of Rs 10 lakh


Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  24 Jun 2020 12:11 PM GMT

Guwahati: A bridge of great importance for the locals of Ritu Kathalguri, a remote village in Pengeri of Upper Assam's Tinsukia district has been washed away by floods amid the ongoing downpour in Upper Assam.

The concrete bridge, located in Ritu Kathalguri village under the Purani Pukhri village panchayat, was of great importance to the locals, as it was located over a huge drain that must be crossed if one if to reach the village. Thus, the locals are now lamenting that they have been cut off from the rest of the world after their bridge was washed away. They are now starting to question how they will continue to live their lives amid the rage of the floods, which are an everyday affair in the state of Assam.

Somewhat surprisingly, the bridge is only 2 years old and had been constructed incurring an expense of Rs 10 lakh by the concerned authority.

It needs mention here that with the death of one more person at Nazira in Sivasagar district during the last 24 hours, the toll in floods across the State rose to 13 on Tuesday. On the other hand, the main rivers have been flowing above the danger levels following heavy rainfall at several places.

The Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger levels at Dhubri and also Neamatighat in Jorhat district; the Dikhow and the Disang (at Nanglamuraghat) in Sivasagar district; the Dhansiri at Numaligarh in Golaghat district and the Jia Bharali River at NT Road crossing in Sonitpur district.

At the same time, Massive damage to infrastructure due to floods has also been witnessed in several districts. While the right bank erosion of the Dikhow river at Sontok Sontok Bazar and damage of Desang right bank embankment at Goria Gaon has been reported, roads have been damaged in both Sivasagar and Dhemaji districts.


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