NORTH LAKHIMPUR, June 27 - Flood situation in Lakhimpur worsened today with all major rivers and the Brahmaputra have been flowing above danger levels at various places in the district since Saturday.
According to the district Water Resources department at North Lakhimpur, the Brahmaputra was flowing above the danger level (80.17 meters/79.30 meters) at 23rd km at Jamuguri in Dhalpur. Subansiri, the largest tributary of the Brahmaputra has been flowing above danger levels at Dhalghat, Ghancharai and Silikhaguri. Other major rivers like Ranganadi, Dikrong, Durpang, Sesa, Singra, Pabha, Kakoi and Bogeenadi have also been touching almost the danger levels at various places in the district.
Apart from the rain which has been lashing the district in the last couple of days, release of dam water by North East Electrical Power Corporation's (NEEPCO) 500 MW Ranganadi Hydro Electrical Power plant at Yazali, Arunachal Pradesh on the downstream of Ranganadi added misery to the flood situation in Lakhimpur district. Today, till 12.30 noon, the NEEPCO�s RHEP released dam water eight times starting from 5.30 in the morning.
Along with flood by the overflowing rivers, bank erosion has also affected many areas in Lakhimpur district for more than a week. Massive erosion by the Brahmaputra in No. 3 Check dyke in Bonpuroi-Latabari village in Jamugurighat since early June is still going on unabated despite placing of rock-spars by the Bihpuria Sub-Divisional Water Resources Department. The department placed six rock-spars in a bid to contain the bank erosion but they are also proving to be failures.
The Subansiri is also causing bank erosions in Bhimpora, Telahi, Na-Ali areas of Lakhimpur district. The erosion by the river is pausing threat to Bhimpora-Na-Ali embankment.
So far, floods in Lakhimpur district have affected 510 hectares of agriculture land under eight revenue circles affecting Ahu paddy and seedlings of the new agriculture season.