NORTH LAKHIMPUR, July 2 - The flood situation remains critical in Lakhimpur district, with continuous rain lashing the region, thereby increasing the water level in different rivers.
In Nowboicha Revenue Circle, the flood caused by river Singra near Dolahat continues to affect the daily life of the people.
It may be pertinent to add here that the river changed its course due to flash floods on June 28 last, breaching the Dolahat-Phulbari PWD Road and overflowing National Highway-15. Near Raj Ali, it is still flowing on its diverted course despite all efforts by the district administration along with the concerned departments.
The Lakhimpur district administration since Saturday has been trying to bring back the Singra river from its diversion to its original course by cutting channels and putting bamboo poles, but with no success.
Continuous rain in Lakhimpur district and in neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh has kept the river in spate, thus thwarting the concerted efforts by the concerned authorities to bring back the Singra river to its original course.
In all, 16 villages, namely Balitika, Balijan, Haripur, Konwarpur, No. 2 Naharani, Haribor-Naharbari, No. 2 Solmari, Phukandoloni, Dolahat, No. 1 Kolakhowa, Digh Pukhuri, No. 30 FC Grant, Bharaluwa, Boloma, Bishnupur and Solmora have been affected by flash floods emanating from the Singra so far.
Meanwhile, the district administration has been carrying out relief operations in 14 flood-affected villages of Nowboicha Revenue Circle. The relief items included baby food and drinking water bottles. Six temporary relief camps have been set up in the area, while six medical teams have been deployed at Gossainbari, Gelahati, Rowdang-Borpathar, Archiga, Pandhowa, Mohghuli and NH-15 Dolahat areas of the affected region.
Further, two veterinary camps were also set up in the affected areas of Nowboicha. According to district administration sources, 25, 230 people have been adversely affected by the deluge. Cropland measuring approximately 60.3 hectares has been damaged so far in Nowboicha.