NORTH LAKHIMPUR, July 21 � The flood situation in North Lakhimpur improved slightly on Wednesday with water levels receding in almost every river that had inundated many areas till Tuesday. The breached portion of NH-52 at Baghineejaan near Padumani was restored for normal traffic late on Tuesday evening by the Border Roads Organisation.
Earlier, the flood situation in Lakhimpur district had taken a critical turn since the night of July 18, breaching the NH-52 at Bageenadi and inundating many areas of North Lakhimpur town today. Flood waters of Baghineejaan near Padumani Than under Bageenadi Police Station of Kadam Revenue Circle breached a 10-meter portion of the NH-52 on the night of July 18. This breaching of the NH-52 cut off Dhemaji from the rest of the country forcing all vehicles to halt on either side of the damaged highway.
Yesterday, the flood situation turned grim in North Lakhimpur town with increased levels of water in Ranganadi and its tributary Somdiri. Water levels of Ranganadi rose as high as the base of the bridge constructed a year ago over the river, exerting heavy pressure on its poles and threatening the very existence of the bridge.
Overflowing waters of the Somdiri today inundated a vast area of Ward No.14 under the North Lakhimpur Municipality Board in Khelmati, Bantow, Lachit Nagar and Vijaynagar. Residential areas and the campus of North Lakhimpur College and Subansiri Seva Ashram were also under water. Many areas under the municipality board remain inundated.