NORTH LAKHIMPUR, April 21 - Incessant rain since Wednesday evening has affected normal life in Lakhimpur district and has damaged a considerable portion of the embankment of Ranganadi river in North Lakhimpur.
Heavy rain in the district and on the hills of neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh has increased the water level of Ranganadi river in Lakhimpur district which damaged a 200-metre stretch of its left bank embankment at Borbil on the outskirts of North Lakhimpur town.
The increased level of the river swept away a 12-foot-long slope of the embankment in that area leading to the damages of gabion boxes laid on the river bed. Contractors engaged in the construction were seen working to dig and reduce the earth level of the threatened embankment so that its weight is reduced, following huge cracks caused by the massive erosion.
Speaking to this correspondent, the contractor blamed the company engaged in laying geo-mates on the embankment. He said that the company delayed in placing the geo-mates on the embankment where the river in spat is now causing massive erosions. If the weather continues to be wet, the lives of thousands of people living on the side of the embankment in Borbil will be in danger following any further breach.