NORTH LAKHIMPUR, July 9 - Incessant rain and release of dam water from NEEPCO�s Ranganadi hydro-electrical dam have led to an increase in the water level of Ranganadi river in North Lakhimpur since Monday evening. NEEPCO released the water since Monday afternoon through several gates which had the river in spate in its downstream areas in Lakhimpur district. The rising water of Ranganadi inundated No. 1 and No. 2 Gobarihali, Pachnoi, Borbeel villages and also the area of its course in the Zohing-Koilamari region. Ranganadi water also swept away several bamboo bridges connecting both the banks near North Lakhimpur.
The Lakhimpur district administration sounded a high alert on the river bank areas of Ranganadi asking people not to use bamboo bridges across the river or to venture out on boats and fishing. Alarms have been activated and gaonburahs are being informed about the release of dam water on the river by NEEPCO. Meanwhile, the district administration with the help of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) evacuated people living on the right hand side of Ranganadi and placed them on the embankment on the left hand side of the river in Borbeel. However, some villagers were reluctant to leave their houses as their belongings and cattle were there in the flooded areas.
Flood have inundated other parts of Lakhimpur district also as continuous rain has been lashing the area in the last 24 hours. In Nowboicha, several villages got flooded by the overflowing water of Singra river. The flooded Subansiri also inundated many areas in Lohit-Khabolu areas of Lakhimpur district.