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Flood situation grim in Morigaon, Lakhimpur

By CorrespondentS

MORIGAON, July 25 - The overall flood situation in Morigaon district took a grim turn today as the surging water of the Brahmaputra inundated more than 100 villages in Bhuragaon and Mayong revenue circles affecting nearly one lakh people in the district.

Official sources here said in the worst hit Mayong circle, more than 50,000 people are taking shelter on dykes and PWD roads. As many as three PWD roads Balimukh-Burgaon, Mayong-Kachasila, Sildubi-Buraburi were washed away in several places. A huge number of domestic animals have also died in the circle.

The whole of Pobitora Wlidlife Sanctuary, the densest habitat of the one- horned rhinos was flooded. According to official sources, the sanctuary was completely under water today in the morning, forcing all wild animals including rhinos, wild buffaloes, wild pigs, several species of snakes and birds to go to nearby highlands, causing concern among the nature loving organisations. The shortage of green grass and other fodder in the Pobitora Wild Life Sanctuary has created a crisis for the rhinos and other animals. However, no poaching was reported. The forest staff with limited logistic support are maintaining round the clock vigil to combat any kind of poaching inside the Sanctuary.

NORTH LAKHIMPUR: The flood situation in Lakhimpur district continues to be grim as incessant rains lashed the district on Sunday.

The overflowing water of Singra river in Nowboicha revenue circle has flooded a wide area in Borchola and Pandhowa areas damaging roads and submerging paddy fields. Singra�s flood water has inundated a huge area in Borchola in Nowboicha destroying newly-planted rice seedlings in a wide area. It also damaged many fisheries of this region besides damaging many rural roads with RCC culverts. As a result, villagers are forced to travel in boats in this area.

Similarly Bogolee river, originating in the hills of neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh and flowing through the mid-western part of Lakhimpur district has been causing floods in a wide area as rain have been lashing the region for almost a week. The river, which does not have any embankments on either of its sides has been in spate since the last week, following heavy rains in the hills of Arunachal Pradesh.

The Bogolee river breached the embankment on the South Laluk GP in No.1 Bogori village has inundated a wide area of this region. The river changed its course through that breached point and added more volume to other small rivers like Meneha, Jadumani and Singiya of that area, flooding agricultural lands and damaging roads and culverts. Along with flood by the rivers, overflown by the change of course by Bogolee river, massive erosion has been on in this region since the last week. The erosion by Jadumani and Meneha rivers has damaged a level pool inside the campus of Laluk College near Karunabari Development Block. The non-existence of any embankment on the Bogolee river is responsible for the flood and erosion taking place in this mid-western area of Lakhimpur district where heavy rain in the hills of Arunachal Pradesh always causes flash floods on this river.

Meanwhile, the villagers in Niz-Laluk GP are in great distress as a damaged bridge has not been reconstructed in the last one year. The RCC bridge on Laluk-Balicharani was swept away by the flood waters of Gabhoru last year and the reconstruction having not started so far, has now made the lives of the villagers miserable. The villagers have to cross this portion of the road in chest deep water, during this monsoon facing a lot of trouble and danger every day.

Meanwhile, floods have affected 846 hectares of agricultural land in Laluk mouza of Lakhimpur district also. The latest flood has affected 4,720 agrarian families of 38 revenue villages of Laluk Agricultural Circle. Sali rice seedlings in 195 hectares of land, vegetables in 217 hectares and Bodo paddy in 57 hectares of land were damaged.

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