Floods creates havoc in Assam, engulf 7 more villages in Golaghat


GUWAHATI | August 30, 2018:

On Tuesday, seven more villages were inundated by floods in Golaghat district, Upper Assam

The flood was triggered by incessant rain in the upstream area of the Doyang, over which the Doyang Hydro Electric Project is located in Wokha district of Nagaland, leading to a rise in the water level of the project's reservoir to 0.05 metre above the danger level of 324m on Wednesday.

Since Tuesday, Neepco has opened three radial gates of the dam by 0.50m. As a result, the Dhansiri, which flows through Wokha and Golaghat districts and of which the Doyang is a tributary, crossed its danger mark of 78.42m by 1.01m at Numaligarh and inundated villages in Golaghat.

The seven new inundated villages are Rouduar Pathar, Dhodang Gaon, Borahikhuwa Gaon, Kuruabanhi, Numaligarh Pathar, Karonihola Gaon and Barpak Gaon.

The second wave of floods has affected 7,145 people, of whom 1,008 were in relief camps on Wednesday, 1,500 domestic animals and damaged 117.75 hectares of agricultural land.

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The Golaghat district administration has opened four relief camps and two distribution centres for food and essentials. Officials said 25,256 quintals of rice, 4.70 quintals of pulses, 83.11 quintals of salt, 82.53 litres of mustard oil and other materials were distributed among the 1,008 inmates of relief camps.

Three medical teams are attending the affected people.

Efforts to contact Neepco officials on the steps being taken to minimise the damage in the downstream area proved futile.

The flood-affected people from Lurukihat, Duxutimukh and Sarorgaon villages, which are among the 16 villages of Golaghat district affected earlier, blocked National Highway 39 in Morangi revenue circle on Wednesday, alleging inadequate flood relief and demanding compensation for their losses. They also demanded the immediate construction of the bridge, which connects No. 3 Bholaguri Borbalitup village with National Highway 37, that was washed away in the recent flood.

The blockade was lifted when Morangicircle officer Banashree Malakar arrived at the spot and received a memorandum from the protesters.

The water level of the Dhansiri is also rising at Dhansirimukh, where the river meets the Brahmaputra. On Wednesday, it was flowing only 0.57m below its danger level of 74.50m.

A Golaghat District Disaster Management Authority release said Bokakhat had received 21.25mm rainfall, Golaghat 25mm and Sarupathar 17mm over the past 24 hours.

Source: The Telegraph

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