NORTH LAKHIMPUR, Aug 6 � The flood situation in Lakhimpur district took a serious turn on Friday with the Dikrong and other rivers submerging a large area and disrupting communication and transport links. The worst-hit areas in the district are under the Nowboicha and Bihpuria revenue circles. Incessant rains since the two days caused a spate in the Ranganadi, Singra, Bokanadi and Pabha, inundating new areas in Nowboicha revenue circle and forcing villagers to take shelter on embankments. The overflowing waters of the Singra and Bokanadi rivers flooded 60 villages including No. 2 Borsola, Paandhowa, Mohghuli, Garchiga, Singra, Gossaneebari, Chelengeejaan, Gelahati, Rowdung, Borpothar, Ahomoni, Pokoniya, Salmora, Kawoibhuruka, Duwarahgaon, Gesek, Balijaan, No.2 Sonapur, Ranabari, Habirdoloni, Bokanadi, Bishnupur, Boloma, Haripur, Kutukai, Katahlpukhuri, No.1 and No.2 Deejoo Pathar, No.1 and No.2 Paanchnoi, etc., submerging hundreds of hectares of cropland. The floodwaters of Singra entered through the breached portion of its embankment at No. 1 Borsola, overflowing the Doolahat-Mohghuli PWD Road at No.2 Borsola. About 200 families of BMP Gaon Panchayaat have been taking shelter on the embankment of the Singra river and at No. 1 East Borsola LP School and No. 2 East Borsola LP School. The floodwaters have also destroyed hundreds of fisheries in that GP area. The floodwaters of these rivers have also breached the PWD roads connecting NH-52 with Faringajaan-Doolahat, Pahumora-Pokoniya PWD Road and many more, leaving the villagers stranded in different places due to disruption of road transport.
The alleged release of additional waters of the Ranganadi hydro-electric power plant at Yazali, Arunachal Pradesh by the NEEPCO into the Dikrong river flooded many areas under Bihpuria revenue circle. That release of water without any prior information caused the Dikrong river to swell, sweeping away a portion of the Laluk-Bihpuria connecting PWD road near Bihpuria town and snapping road transport between these two important places of Lakhimpur district for several hours. However, the brached portion of the road was repaired and traffic movement was restored in the evening. Dikrong also flooded many areas in Teteliguri, Dongeebeel and Bodoti. The floodwaters of Pichala river inundated several villages under the Deori Autonomous Council in Narayanpur. Twenty villages under Narayanpur revenue circle were affected in yesterday�s flood.
In North Lakhimpur town, several low-lying areas are still reeling under waterlogging. The areas near the Judicial Court under Ward No. 6, the localities behind Lakhimpur Commerce College and many areas under Ward No. 14 are still under water and the outbreak of water-borne diseases is feared.